From Margaret on March 17th, 2011 in General Remodel
Interesting down to the smallest details, Melbourne’s Vader House is an odd but refreshing blend of modern and Victorian design. And each element combines into one great, unique whole.
This renovated home was originally built in the historic Victorian era before residential height restrictions were put into place. When the owners wanted to renovate, they were able to use the unbelievable height of the original walls as a reference point. And these walls are high.
This concept of building upon the past was the central focus of Maynard Architects, a Sydney-based firm, who looked to transform the traditional brick home and adjoining courtyard into a 21st-century wonder.
The beautiful center courtyard of the Vader House is bordered on one side by the old house, and on the other by the modern extended living space. The courtyard therefore becomes the center not only of the house itself, but of the concept of merging past with present.
Creative decking, moveable walls, and the moveable deck itself allows for easy transformation within the dense inner urban area of Melbourne.
While working with the original tall frame, modern renovations have opened up the house even more to let in natural light. There’s the open interior staircase. The sleek (but not uninviting) kitchen. And the natural light that pours through this unusual dwelling much brighter than even when it was first built those many years ago.