Roofscape House, North Carlton
We wanted to alter the way that the house and its surroundings were experienced; to address its narrow site in a way that avoided placing a corridor down one side and resisted the urge to push everything to the boundaries.
Shortlist – Residential Alterations & Additions Category
Victorian Architecture Awards 2011
A narrow terrace house needed a host of new spaces to provide a young family with the room to live, work and grow. In adding a study/guest room, bedrooms and a family room we looked to avoid pushing these new spaces into their much loved garden, while drawing in the amenity of the inner suburban surroundings.
We met the clients need for new spaces – without encroaching on their garden – by adding a clever addition to the top of the existing structure.
The new first floor was stretched along the length of the existing house, touching each boundary at its centre and narrowing at each end. In the centre of the house, the double height family room connects the ground floor to the upstairs. The rooms either side of this tall space are also used for circulation, minimising corridors.
These spaces are then bookended by bedrooms. At the street end the bedroom pushes into the existing roof space, creating a room with the proportions of an attic; an interesting bedroom for a young girl. At the other end, the clients’ bedroom gains internal height while narrowing to minimize any overshadowing or overlooking.
The new house is better connected, more adaptable, and open to views and breezes. As an object it is clearly different to the house it sits on, but one that reflects the roof-forms and colours of its surroundings.
- Adaptable, flexible spaces within designated zones
- Contextual aesthetic of roof forms and materials
- Natural cross and stack ventilation
- Views from all new rooms
- Careful use of project budget
- Lysaught Klip Lok roofing and Cladding,
- Hardies Scyion Matrix Cladding
- Lapaege Rosso Siso wall tiles
- Eco-Ply Hoop Pine Flooring
- Basalt vanity by Marble Art
- Bedrooms x 2
- Family room
- Storage attic
- Master bedroom terrace
- Concept design
- Planning permit documentation
- Contract documentation and building permit
- Construction administration
Antarctica (with Simon Whibley as co-director)
Project Team: Simon Whibley, Ben Inman, Nico Kelly
Vince Murphy & Helen Thomas
North Carlton, Victoria
Roofscape House Media
- Finalist, Alterations and Additions Category, Victorian Architecture Awards 2011
- Forty Six Square Metres of Land Doesn’t Normally Become a House, 2011
- Houses Magazine, Issue 55
- ‘Surprises All Round’ Ann Pilmer, The Age
Roofscape House Testimonials
It’s not just the result that was excellent, it was also the service. We were given a clear understanding of what to expect and when to make decisions, at each stage of the project. This was backed up with attention to detail during the construction.
Vince Murphy and Helen Thomas
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