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Photography by Rhiannon Slatter
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This two storey extension to an old bungalow features clear internal zoning and sits on a terraced section
Photography: Rhiannon Slatter
From the architect: The Glen Iris House is a two storey modern extension to a Californian Bungalow on a good sized block in suburban Melbourne. The original weatherboard house sits on a sloping site and is elevated at the front and level with the ground at the back with no relationship to the outside.
When we visited the site for the first time we were immediately drawn to the beautiful leafy backyard that meandered down towards the house. The sloping land was terraced and formalised through dry stone walls: this gave us the inspiration to extend the old house by adding a new design that reflected the natural environment it was sitting in. As a result we developed a building that is terraced following the slope of the site and is directly linked to the backyard. From the original house you step up into the dining room, and then up into the lounge, from the lounge outside onto a paved area. The paving is enclosed by a seat height dry stone wall that marks the enclosure of the built area. From there you step up onto the lawn making the backyard the destination of an upwards journey through the house.
The internal zoning is clear and simple. The old house at the front belongs to the children with three bedrooms, bathroom and a play area. From the children’s wing you enter the communal living areas on the new ground floor. The dining room forms the centre of the residence and is separated from the lounge by the kitchen. On the first floor of the new building is the parents’ wing with master bedroom, dressing room, ensuite and study. From the master bedroom you can access a roof terrace that provides views over the backyard.
We paid attention to details: concrete sits against a timber floor, walls slip past each other and the external timber cladding is articulated in different ways. Building form and facade were developed to evoke the qualities of a tree and become part of the tree filled backyard itself. I have attached a few photos and some plans, I hope you like them.
First published date: 16 May 2017