Cecil Street Extension, Fitzroy
This project’s design accommodates this contemporary and complex household – not by adding floorspace – but by providing new amenity and flexibility. The way we renewed this dwelling was by creating new kinds of spaces within the existing home – providing variety rather than an adding area.
The project challenge – more house, but with less building. Within an already dense, inner-city terrace site the client requested: a courtyard, garden, carpark and a house. A house that could be her home, workplace and have the flexibility to accommodate her adult children.
Our design accommodated this contemporary and complex household not by adding floorspace – but by providing new amenity and flexibility. The dwelling was renewed by creating new kinds of spaces within the existing home – a provision of variety rather than an addition of area. This way the house could be expanded while its site coverage was reduced.
The kitchen was renovated and a flexible study/bedroom room was built at the rear of the house, within the volume of an existing stable. Two bathrooms were added, one at the front and a smaller one at the rear that serviced the flexible room. This allowed the room to operate independently from the rest of the house. With a street front and a rear laneway, the house could be accessed from either end, meeting at a central kitchen/dining area – the house’s hub.
The largest addition overall was the courtyard. It provided a garden, service area and entertaining spaces. The garden iss characterised by the materiality of the dwelling’s history. The remains of the demolished buildings are retained rather than repaired and erased.
Though designed for a particular context and client, this project offers a way of thinking about density through the design of a small but flexible house. Together, the reconfigurations of the existing house, the courtyard to garden/entertainment area and the flexible study/guest room, provided all the places to fit the bits, pieces and people of her life.
Cecil House Characteristics
- Varied spaces, arranged for flexibility
- A house for one person or many people
- Surfaces of demolished structures retained not erased
- Indoor/outdoor connection from new and existing spaces
- Fielders Galvanised Super Six Profile Metal Roofing and Cladding
- Cedar Double Glazed Windows
- Sydney Blue Gum Flooring and
- Briggs Sustainable Joinery Veneers in Sydney Blue Gum and Hoop Pine
- Victorian Ash Kitchen Benchtop
Cecil House Specifications
- Guest bedroom / Study
- Kitchen and dining
- Walk-in-wardrobe (WIR) to existing bedroom
- Concept design
- Resource consent documentation
- Contract documentation and building consent
- Contract administration
Antarctica(with Simon Whibley as co-director)
Project Director: Simon Whibley
Project Team: Simon Whibley, Nicola Garrod, Ben Inman,
Location and area
46m² addition, 168m² overall alterations and additions (original house 142 m²)
Cecil House Media
- ReHousing – 24 Housing Projects, Melbourne 2009
Cecil House Testimonials“I often sit in the house and marvel at what was done with it. The spaces were so thoughtfully put together and wonderfully connected to the new courtyard. It simply fits so well with the way I live, both inside and outside.”
Acheson Place, Coburg North
This project revolves around the simple but transformative act of cutting a hole in the middle of a large existing volume.
Fawkner Street House, South Yarra
Explores delicate control of circulation in curating series of visual thresholds that interact and entice occupants to transverse within spaces.
Mirror Shed, Elwood
Housing bins, bikes, garden supplies and an air conditioning unit, this mirror clad shed visually dissolves, whilst intriguing and confounding the viewer from the street.
Community Care Home
A residential care facility a range of disenfranchised and vulnerable people.
Gold St Renovation
A simple spatial concept unites four different uses of one small room; a cupboard, a passage, a laundry, a bathroom.
Diagonal House, North Fitzroy
Innovative add-on opens like a fan towards sun drenched north-facing rear courtyard.
Art House, Richmond
A house / gallery defined by a curated circulation path past an extensive collection of books, artworks and artefacts, punctuated by iconic neighbourhood views.
Nicholson Street Extension, South Yarra
Removing wasteful circulation this extension, provides enlarged living areas whilst getting northern light into the south facing spaces
The Seymour Apartments, Armadale
With eleven apartments, a generous retail space and car-stacker, rigorous planning has facilitated modest sized apartments with exceptional amenity.
Curtain Street Extension, North Carlton
Complementing substantial internal renovations, this hovering, custom laminated plywood pergola provides sun protection, weather protection and generous filtered day light.
Pinwheel House, North Carlton
Like a pinwheel, the different spaces and rooms of the house connect off a centre point – giving the house not a room, but a hub.
EcoVillage House Designs, Cape Paterson
7.5 star housing designs founded on research showing that the financial benefits of an environmentally friendly home now far outweigh the costs.
Freemans Villa, Freemans Bay, New Zealand
Textures and colours evolved through discussions in the design process. The end result is a careful combination of finishes lining the new spaces.
Affordable Bushfire Home, Kinglake & Marysville
An affordable bushfire resistant home designed for those left homeless by the black Saturday bushfires in Kinglake and Marysville.
Roofscape House, North Carlton
The addition to an inner-suburb terrace for a young family reflects the roof-forms and colours of its surroundings.
Cecil Street Extension, Fitzroy
A clever response to a small site – accommodating a contemporary household by providing new amenity and flexibility.
Grover Home Office, Clifton Hill
A backyard home/office and laundry/bathroom which allows connection with the life of the family to be maintained but with a degree of separation.
Clauscen Street Extension, North Fitzroy
An addition dynamically shaped to reduce shadow-loading on its adjacent neighbours and to reduce the felt-effects of building bulk.
Joshi-Fordyce Extension, Northcote
An extension, the form of which is conceived as a stylised lava flow of volume shaped by both internal spatial requirements and external forces.
An extension conceived as an independent annexe to the existing house with its own distinct relationship to the yard at the rear.
Park Orchards Extension
A multiple-extension to an existing house designed by Alistair Knox which includes garage space for four cars and an extension to the existing living area.
O’Reilly Budd Extension, Thornbury
Entered from the side, this extension is defined by three distinct prismatic forms, sculpted to suit the scale and functional requirements of the site.
Buttery Apartment, Melbourne
An interior fitout defined by a sculptural freestanding joinery unit which fulfils the functions of bedroom partition, kitchen pantry, refrigerator housing, wardrobe and bookshelf.
Part Fab Housing: Quicksmart and Cantabrian Project
Part Fab: Quicksmart combines prefabricated and panelised components to improve the flexibility, affordability and amenity of the detached home.
A high rise speculation on the Australian beach box, the Stacked Vactioner creates airy infrastructure for holidaying over Bondi Beach.
re-Housing: Housing Design Research
reHousing is an international housing conference, exhibition and publication that examined the role of architects in housing design.