Alexandra Buchanan Architecture

North Fitzroy House

This contemporary addition to a Heritage Bungalow will create an impressive four-bedroom house

Our high-quality contemporary addition will extend this heritage bungalow into a four-bedroom family home on a prime corner laneway site in North Fitzroy.

The existing and proposed halves of the building will be separated by a series of courtyards, which enable the home to turn its back on neighbouring flats and create a dramatic focal point around a central courtyard and pool. Outdoors, private open space will be designed to maximise privacy and daylight, extending multi-functional living spaces and wrapping a landscaped, green perimeter around the building.

A gentle play between materials and double height volumes will create an elegant sculptural home. The extremely liveable interiors of this 260sqm ‘bungalow’ will be bathed in natural light and benefit from abundant cross ventilation. It will be a modern inner-city oasis.

Project details

“We engaged (ABA) to design a modern extension to our heritage home, to accommodate both our current, as well as how our growing family needs in the future. We are incredibly happy with the results we’ve achieved together”
“The ABA team are professional, fun and easy to work with. In particular, we have really appreciated their positive, persistent approach & innovative solutions, to overcome Council concerns”

Material Concept

The North Fitzroy House is set on the corner of an urban Victorian laneway. An extension to a traditional Californian Bungalow the materiality of the house was driven by a desire to create a bold urban edge quality to the laneway that folds around the public exterior to the west, peeling away to glass facades and openings within the private courtyard edges to the east.

Continuing the Materiality inside

The days we have to go to the warehouses and hand select the stone for a project are always a favourite! Our North Fitzroy House required us to choose 9 spectacular slabs of Elba Stone. Elba is typically a soft milky tone but we were specifically looking for the more dramatic pieces for particular feature areas of the house

Material crafting

Working with our excellent joiner and stonemason we sketched how we wanted particular veins or patterns in the stone slabs to wrap around feature areas like this corner of the kitchen island bench which presents itself to you as you enter the space.

Folding textures

An internal expression of the roof form is expressed at first floor where the undulating folds can be seen in crisp white plasterboard and here in the master bedroom in the soft warmth of the timber battens

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