Designed to sit within the density of the urban and industrial grain of Fitzroy. Surrounded by both heritage factories and proposed new apartment developments that are synonymous with the suburb, the brief for this house was to design an urban oasis for a young family.
A space which creates its own delight whilst addressing the hostility of the rear laneways and adjacent late night venues.The design aimed to lift the internal outlook from street level through the implementation of a continuous, ribbon like trafficable timber roof. Ramping from the entry point and creating a sweeping curve to nurture the internal courtyard spaces, the continuous roof area provides an expanse of external space to suit the growing family.
The connection between the new dwelling and the existing heritage house is achieved through the use of a grand staircase which curves around an internal light-well, creating a mezzanine space over which the living areas and roof space can be observed and delivers the user to the existing first floor / sleeping quarters.
The removal of the existing heritage roof makes room for the new master bedroom which sits atop the curved roof, commanding views both down the curved ramp into the heart of the home, and across the Fitzroy rooftops to the city skyline beyond.
The gentle organic plan encourages the creation of internal spaces which are unique in scale whilst encouraging visual connectivity across the central courtyard. Expansive yet intimate.