The Threshold House in Melbourne

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The Threshold House in Melbourne

Contemporary Residential Development in Victoria, Australia – design by MOS Architects

17 Jul 2018

The Threshold House

Design: MOS Architects

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Threshold House

The Threshold House in Melbourne

The scheme is an addition to an existing Victorian terrace in inner city Melbourne, within a heritage overlay. The 265 sqm site is bookended by a stable building to the North and the original terrace to the South. The brief called for flexibility to the external spaces and the ability to use the stable as a weekend accommodation which could function independently or engage with the main home.

The Threshold House in Melbourne

The concept was to gently insert a new building and lightly touch the existing to create a new dialogue between the bookends. The North facing living, kitchen and dining building sits forward of the existing terrace to reveal and celebrate the heritage home, and to allow both buildings to freely breathe. The journey throughout the building is experienced as a crossing of thresholds by glass walkways, careful form placement, the creation of a secluded courtyard, and landscaping to create defined zones.

The Threshold House in Melbourne

The brief was to refurbish the existing front terrace and stables of the existing property, with a new living, dining and kitchen area. The home would be used by the client’s daughter whilst she studied in Melbourne, and accommodate visitors as required. The external space was to allow for occasional car parking, whilst the stable space was to be used by the clients at weekends.

The Threshold House in Melbourne

What were the key challenges?
The scheme displays a restraint in terms of size and was withing a heritage precinct of inner city Carlton.

The Threshold House in Melbourne

The Threshold House in Melbourne

What were the solutions?
Our underlying philosophy was that the new building would pay homage to the existing heritage, and touch the existing forms gently; seeking to celebrate the history of the site. The existing buildings would breath again through the removal of ‘dead skin’ and a new dynamic would be created by the proposed building to express a new connection and dialogue.
We had identified that by expressing the thresholds through materiality, connection of forms, creation of zones, and controlled sight lines that our architectural rhetoric for the scheme had been established.

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The Threshold House, Melbourne – Building Information

Project size: 189 sqm
Site size: 267 sqm
Completion date: 2016
Building levels: 1

Design Team: MOS Architects

The Threshold House in Melbourne

The Threshold House in Melbourne

Photographs: Hin Lim

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