Fitzroy, VIC

A single storey two bedroom workers cottage has been converted into a double storey 3 bedroom house with central stair and light void. Strict heritage and planning guidelines controlled the building envelope in this tight inner city suburban block flanked by adjoining terrace homes.

Conventionally, with this typology the vertical circulation is enclosed. By locating the vertical circulation adjacent to an open lightwell and removing part of the floor, an architectural volume was created with dramatic proportions.

A wall of angled glazing draws in an abundance of daylight, drenching the space.

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Photography by Fraser Marsden.