Any architecture aficionado knows, form is the essence and must-have of any building. It speaks strongly to the structural elements of a space, while considering functionality and versatility first and foremost. And it’s form that designers Jean Graham and Jack Mounsey of Winter Architecture have used expertly to their advantage in extending this existing Port Melbourne Victorian home, offering the perfect solution to the client’s somewhat complex and busy lifestyle.
It comes as no surprise that architectural elements played a huge part in this transformation. Gone are the innately detailed characteristics often seen in Victorian era homes – a minimalist and contemporary aesthetic is this home’s new forte. From the outset, clean lines and raw materials are used for visual impact and echo the contemporary aesthetic this home emulates. Step inside and the interior is not dissimilar: sleek and sophisticated handleless cabinetry offers just the right storage solution, complemented by round-edged furniture pieces to add a subtle softness.
The home is divided into three sections, partitioned by carefully inserted external courtyards. As space on the horizontal plane was all but plentiful, building up was the only way to go. With what seems like layers in structure and form, visual continuity has remained throughout. Architect Jean Graham explains “In the spirit of ‘Enfilade’, visual continuity throughout and between the volumes became the basis for resolving the client’s complex programmatic requirements while enhancing a sense of connectivity within the constraints of the narrow east-west oriented plot”. Although space may not have been on their side, Jean and her team were not going to let this stop them fulfilling the client’s desire – light filled living and working spaces connected to the outdoors. Instead, they accepted the challenge front on and created horizontal zonal areas to live, work and play in, all while accommodating for their elderly family members. Testament to the detail of work from Winter Architecture, this delicately constructed contemporary home is at the ready for family time, private relaxation and everything in between – all under the one roof.
“Form and material are expressed in light tones with softened edges minimising visual impact, and mediating solar gain. The design is sympathetic to its context, speaking softly, yet profoundly”.
– Jean Graham, Winter Architecture