Jack’s Home By FMD Architects


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The new extension offers a dialogue among 2 buildings of distinct eras. The current Victorian residence at the street front and the industrial saw-tooth warehouse on the rear boundary look disconnected in style and function. The extension negotiates among the 2 buildings, stretching and tapering toward the saw-tooth brick wall, although internally opening up from the double loaded Victorian corridor to the open glazed space, with the brick wall on the boundary as a function backdrop.

© Shannon McGrath

© Shannon McGrath

The interior detailing transitions from the Victorian detail to the modern day plywood detailing as you progress into the spaces. Re-planning of the existing interior allowed the floor plan to enhance its efficiency, as a result guaranteeing the footprint of the new extension was minimized and the garden maximized. The existing street frontage was maintained without alteration, in maintaining with the nearby character of hidden extensions to the rear of current houses.

The extension enables Jack’s Property to open itself up to natural light and ventilation and give a massive open strategy living and dining location. The kitchen is also renovated and repositioned to enhance its connection with the garden.

The current residence was reworked to incorporate 3 bedrooms and a 4th flexible space. The bathroom was re-planned as an Ensuite and a new combined laundry/bathroom integrated inside the current home. The kitchen was lowered in size to supply space for the new laundry/bath and the new extension supplying a big open space with access to east and north light as nicely as organic cross ventilation. The house has successfully transitioned from a couple with no kids to a 4 individual family, with spaces getting reused according to their changing demands.

The building aims to confirm itself in the present moment, although conversing with its neighbouring context.

© Shannon McGrath

© Shannon McGrath

© Shannon McGrath

© Shannon McGrath

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© Shannon McGrath

© Shannon McGrath

© Shannon McGrath

© Shannon McGrath

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© Shannon McGrath

© Shannon McGrath

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Architects FMD Architects
Project Group Fiona Dunin, Alex Peck, Jesse Newstadt, Georgia Nowak, Caroline Tan
Builder Grenville Architectural Building
Structural Engineer IrwinConsult
Landscape Architect Eckersley Garden Architecture
Photography Shannon McGrath
Completion Year 2012
Location Melbourne, Australia

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