The site presented many difficulties including a lack of privacy from neighbouring apartment blocks, poor external connections and a lack of accommodation. Melocco and Moore’s solution was the addition of a new three-storey zinc topped contemporary tower sleeved into a portion of the rear garden. This allowed much of the original heritage-listed fabric, such as the original cedar staircase, to be retained.
The striking addition stitched together the four disparate levels of the residence. It created new and easy connections between the building and the gardens. The contemporary tower functions as a hub which opens in multiple directions on each level. New materials were chosen to complement the stucco render, brick banding and terracotta tiles of the original dwelling. In addition to the new tower, refurbishments were undertaken to all parts of the existing building to create a seamless, sophisticated and comfortable family home.
Phil Moore, Stephen Evans, Nick Hibberd
Landscape Design – Spirit Level Design
Planning – Mersonn Pty Ltd
Structural Engineer – Partridge Engineering
Heritage Consultant – Urbis
Hydraulic Engineer Inline – Whipps Wood Consulting