restoration of a mid-19th century terrace dwelling in st kilda.
Victoria Street Residence retains the original single storey worker’s cottage with significant renovation and restoration to house two bedrooms, second living space, and a study space. The rear extension has added a new kitchen/dining, living space, garage, and a first-floor loft studio. Victoria Street Residence has been designed to be along-life, loose-fit dwelling with a floor plan that is flexible and spaces that can adapt to the clients’ needs.
The proposed extension wraps around the site to form a secluded landscaped courtyard at the centre, opening the bedroom and kitchen/living space to the view of landscaped green space. The principle living spaces are orientated to north-east and north-west for optimal daylight access. The living spaces also offer dual aspect between the two landscaped courtyards, allowing cross-ventilation through the dwelling.
The design has given an emphasis to energy and water efficiency. The use of double glazing, thermal insulation, water/energy saving appliances and solar panels aim to achieve excellent thermal performance and low energy consumption.
The renovation also re-use materials recycled from the existing cottage to reduce the embodied energy of the proposed new works. The client has brought expertise in woodwork and skilfully restored many of the original detailing including arched window frames and ornamental metalwork details.