Carlton Terrace House in Melbourne

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Carlton Terrace House in Melbourne

Extended Residential Development in Victoria, Australia – design by Windust Architects x Interiors

12 Oct 2017

Carlton Terrace Residence

Design: Windust Architects x Interiors

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Carlton Terrace House is Period Victorian at front; light, angular and dynamic at rear.

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The owners asked for a break from the past. A mature couple, with a large and extended family, looked forward to new spaces filled with natural light, all-year living, and the ability to connect visually with their surroundings.
Their terrace house sits within a long street of properties that fit tightly alongside each other. Almost all properties are narrow in width, and short in depth.

Carlton Terrace House in Melbourne

Carlton Terrace House in Melbourne

The brief to include the standard “kitchen/ dining/ living”, together with an ambitious 4 bedrooms and 2 x bathrooms, created a challenge to fit all that was required within the small building envelope, without overlooking and overshadowing neighbours.

Carlton Terrace House in Melbourne

Carlton Terrace House in Melbourne

For Carlton Terrace we set out to explore contrasts in volume and texture.

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Volume
Our approach was to first create a light, airy and open ground floor plane, with a bold volume above.
At ground level, we outline a continuous space from the kitchen to the “green wall” externally. With the space being visually continuous inside and out, each side of the façade benefits from connection to the other side.
In contrast, the upper level form is created from the briefed space requirements, rubbing up against the need for sunlight into the north facing windows of the adjacent property to the south.

Texture
The monolithic, upper level form is articulated with a fine patterning of neatly seamed flat locked panels. Contrast this with the delicate, but sharp, screen elements pinned off the façade by a neat gap.
Internally, the main space is accentuated with ribbed walls on one side, and a smooth venetian render, inside and out, on the other.

Carlton Terrace House in Melbourne

Key Features
The screen

Without resorting to frosted glass and a sill height above 1700mm, a large upper level window dominates the rear façade.

The screen to the window serves the functional requirement of allowing long and short-range views from inside the main bedroom, and adds a lightness externally.

The screen is made from a galvanised ladder frame, clad with single dot perforated flat plate aluminium. The aluminium is held off the main façade to add to the lightness to the otherwise bold volume.

Materials
The extensive use of long sheet porcelain for the splashback, benchtops, TV unit and outside bench reveal a versatile material quick to blend in with its context. In the wet area, the owners wanted a robust, yet restrained palette. Long lasting and natural in tone.

In the living spaces, polished concrete floors, with adjacent lineated and smooth concrete rendered walls conclude the robust and low maintenance palette.

Carlton Terrace House in Melbourne

Carlton Terrace House, Melbourne – Building Information

Completion date: 2017

Carlton Terrace House in Melbourne

Photography: Michael Kai

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