This project was completed at the end of 2015.

This was a complete house renovation and extension to a single fronted Edwardian house in Northcote utilising a palette of concrete, steel, cedar and plasterboard as a backdrop to daily cycles of light and shadow.

Ceiling and wall forms have been conceived to play on our perspectival perception, a 3-dimensional Gestalt space. The perception of this new interior space aims to challenge the occupants' understanding and awareness of scale from different interior vantage points. Depending on one's location within the space, the building and items within hope to stimulate and challenge, appearing sometimes larger, sometimes smaller.

The front section is completely restored with a new floor structure, internal linings, rewiring along with complementary adjustments in response to contemporary living. The new extension replaces a previous poorly constructed extension and is clearly a new architectural element to the existing which is evident at the end of the existing hall.

Gestalt Northcote

From the Owners:

We engaged Ben to carry out the design and contract administration for the renovation and extension of our Edwardian home in Northcote and couldn't be happier with the outcome.


Ben and his team (Minnie & Vern) were 100% professional, always available with advice and were a pleasure to deal with. Ben is not only creative but is truly passionate about what he does which shows in his work and attitude. He was able to not only provide us with a unique build but also challenged us to think outside the box.


I would use Ben and the team at Statkus again and would highly recommend them to anyone looking to engage an architect for their project.