Project: Fenwick Street House
Architects: Julie Firkin Architects
Location: Clifton Hill, Melbourne, Australia
Area: 1,130 sf
Photographs by: Christine Francis
Fenwick Street House by Julie Firkin Architects
Julie Firkin Architects have designed the Fenwick Street House in Clifton Hill, Melbourne. Its eccentric exterior design was developed in order to maximize the available light and space due to the oddly shaped plot. On the inside, it makes use of an open plan layout to further maximize available space.
This design was developed to maximize the available light and space on an oddly shaped block in the inner suburban setting of Clifton Hill.
The original weatherboard cottage which addresses the street has been maintained while a new, two-level addition at the rear provides new kitchen and dining areas and a master bedroom suite.
The addition is angular and tapered in form with an overhanging upper level which allows for the living spaces to be drenched in light in winter while providing shade in summer.
Inside, a variety of subtly overlapping spatial volumes is achieved within a relatively simple overall form. The character of the natural materials such as timber and concrete is expressed against white surfaces with occasional moments of strong color.