Port Melbourne Home by Thomas+Williams Architects
Port Melbourne Home is a contemporary two-story house located in Port Melbourne, Australia, designed in 2018 by Thomas+Williams Architects.
About Port Melbourne Home
Revitalizing a Heritage Home
When presented with the project, we saw the potential in a dated heritage home overshadowed by a lackluster 1980’s extension. Originally, the home suffered from a scarcity of natural light. Hence, our design direction strategically focused on eradicating the past addition. Then, we pivoted the living spaces northward to harness optimal daylight in the southern hemisphere. Finally, we dedicated ourselves to completely renewing the original structure.
Marrying the Old with the New
Initially, we aimed for a light palette, and as a contrasting touch, a dark stained cedar wall was introduced, signaling the merge of old and new. Given the compact 288sq.m (3100 sq.ft) site, spatial challenges naturally arose. Consequently, we resorted to building on boundaries. Furthermore, this tight space underscored the vital role of skylights.
While the refurbishment process was ongoing, we not only re-leveled and insulated the original house but also fortified its foundations. Unexpectedly, a unique opportunity emerged: introducing a petite pool in the garden. This idea, although not part of the initial plan, was quickly embraced. Kudos to the homeowners who recognized its potential, believing in the serenity and joy it could bring to their young family.
In conclusion, the final product stands as a testament to thoughtful design and craftsmanship—a blend of spaces that’s both airy and inviting. Through our selection of materials, the home now exudes an intrinsic warmth and understated charm.
Photography courtesy of Thomas+Williams Architects