Moonee Ponds Town Residence
An existing 1880s Victorian era freestanding building has been restored, renovated and extended to comprise an updated bottle shop and 4 bedroom town residence.
Texture, contrast, mood and enclosure go some way to describing this project.
The design intent has been to retain and restore as much of the original building as possible, evident in the red brickwork externally and the restored original timber stair that has stood as silent witness to the building works and now looks as good as the day it was originally built.
The front parapet façade has been restored, with the paint removed and repainting/rendering to selected features of the building. All windows have been replaced with new double glazed, double hung sash windows to match the existing, original (but rotted) windows.
The new zinc shingle clad upper storey extension is contemporary, yet recessive in nature. Deliberately defining old from new, without dominating the existing building and streetscape character.
Internally, the plan configuration has been designed in response to the existing room configurations, while original features have been carefully restored or replaced, in some cases using templates to match original components.
New building elements to the rear of the site are contemporary in nature to clearly define original, heritage built form from the new building elements and have been selected to minimize demolition and visual disruption to the original brick building.