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Edwardian manor brought into the 21st century

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These architects extended this home while paying respect to the existing Edwardian architecture

Untouched for over 50 years this grand old Edwardian manor in Camberwell was a museum piece when recently purchased by the new owners

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Architect: Nic Owen Architects
Photography by Christine Francis

From the architect: Untouched for over 50 years this grand old Edwardian manor in Camberwell was a museum piece when recently purchased by the new owners. The family of 5 loved the period details and had dreamed of living in this street and exact house for many years.
  • The brief called for a modern extension of open plan living overlooking a reflection pond plus the addition of bedrooms and upgraded facilities throughout.
  • The design solution resulted in the creation of two separate ‘pod’ structures linked to the rear of the existing house through glass walkways. One pod includes two new bedrooms and the other pod contains the new open plan kitchen / family / meals areas.
  • This separation of new and old clearly defines both eras respectfully with the new work sensitivity complimenting the old period structure.
  • The extension runs along the south boundary to capitalise on northern solar gain, reorientating the existing relationship to the backyard.
  • The grand old Edwardian manor has be rejuvenated to provide a backdrop for further family fun, experiences and memories.
  • Due to heritage constraints the new works are not visible from the street. The new works are sympathetic in scale and form and respect the original Edwardian brick house celebrating the original features.
  • A new brick carport is located at the rear of the property with access via the rear laneway.
  • Form, mass and materials of the new extension have been carefully considered to complement and enhance the existing character of the subject house and retain original features.


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First published date: 25 May 2017

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