Footscray Renovation, Melbourne, Australia, 2015-

Located on the the outskirts of Melbourne’s CBD, this project in Commercial Road proposes the demolition of existing rear lean-to structures for new kitchen and living areas, a workshop with rear deck and other general improvements to the existing layout. The house lies within a heritage overlay, which ensured we had to respect the existing facades as part of the design process.

We proposed to maintain a similar aesthetic to the dominant style, yet create a contemporary feel for the new additions. A new skillion roof creates a junction between old and new areas, expressed at the apex via a series of openable clerestory windows located high above. The windows allow for accumulated rising heat to be vented during summer months, providing a simple passive-cooling system. The skillion roof extends out laterally via a series of timber battens, which creates solar shading for the new deck while to expressing the roof structure. The proposed additions use the similar materials to those on the existing house, to help marry new areas with old.