Blank Canvas Architects used warm oak, blue tones and brass details throughout House 184 in Melbourne
Blank Canvas Architects have recently completed the extension and refurbishment of Victorian home in Port Melbourne, an inner suburb of Melbourne.
“House 184 reimagines the quintessential Victorian suburban home bridging the gap between its historical contexts with that of contemporary living. The house sits upon a tiny parcel of land and the client was keen to maximise the internal living areas without compromising the external space. While the façade and its archetypal Victorian details were retained, a modern reinterpretation was built at the rear, housing the open-plan living areas that work to maximise the internal space. Louvered screens and full height bi-fold doors create a seamless connection between inside and out, extending the home’s footprint and connecting the interiors to the external environment – an important aspect of living in a dense urban environment. The timeless material palette echoes the sophisticated elegance of its past, present and future. The textured marble kitchen is complemented by the subtle use of colour in the custom joinery and accented with simple black fittings and a simple oak light. A restrained palette of warm oak finishes with shades of greys is used throughout the home, connecting each room to the one before, creating a flowing experience that encourages feelings of calmness whilst linking the old with the new. The gable roof form, left over from a previous renovation in the 90’s was retained but extended over the balcony as a ‘pergola’ to allow plants to eventually grow over and soften the facade. The clover patterned balustrade under it is a contemporary expression of the original iron laceworks on the front facade connecting the modern rear facade to the heritage front,” explains Cecilia Yuan, Principle Architect at Blank Canvas Architects