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Fabulous contemporary renovation to a late Victorian house in Australia

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This late Victorian house was completely restored with a contemporary two-story addition by Bryant Alsop Architects in collaboration with Wade Builders, located in Melbourne, Australia. The project embodies an Australian aesthetic – exploring simple geometric forms that pull light deep into the house while also maintain a strong connection with the outdoors.

With no heritage overlay, retention of the existing 1904 Victorian dwelling was not required. However, given the contextual significance, the house was retained and restored.

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The extended home offers ample family accommodation within a reasonably-sized footprint of 3,078 square feet. It was important not to over-develop the property even though it is generous at 7,900 square feet. The backyard is celebrated, and the completed project offers significantly more private outdoor space and lawn than the previous house with its 1980s addition.

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The singular form of the extension is defined by the rhythm and repetition of curved elements that are used as simple, broad sweeping gestures. Hard materials are tempered by soft shapes to create enveloping spaces.

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The central ribbon stair leading up to the roof terrace is a favorite element. It’s unexpected while bringing a playful and sculptural quality to the more formal Victorian house. It is a quiet and restful house, both in the original sections which are cool and elegant and also in the new build which is flooded with light and garden outlook.

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This multi-faceted build sits comfortably amongst the diverse building styles surrounding the site. The home now plays both a good host and a good neighbor. First-floor bedrooms boast natural light and city views, without over-looking or over-shadowing. The first floor of the extension is visible from the side street, offering a hint of the sculptural form to passers-by.

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What We Love: This fabulous ornate Victorian home is refreshed with a completely modernized addition. We are loving how the owners decided to respect the history of the home by preserving the street facade, instead opting to give a contemporary overhaul to the interior while adding a brilliant extension in the backyard. The spacious backyard is perfect for family living, complete with a generous swimming pool. 

Tell Us: What are your thoughts on the contemporary renovation of this late Victorian house? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Be sure to have a look at a couple of other inspiring Aussie home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign: Renovated Australian home celebrates a relaxed beachside lifestyle and Concrete pad in Australia sheltering an internal courtyard.

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PHOTOGRAPHER Jack Lovel

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