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June 17, 2015
A family with three young sons asked Mitsuori Architects to renovate and expand their venerable Victorian house to accommodate their growing and energetic children.
Melbourne Middle Park House Rear Addition exterior

The family members, who are active and spend ample time at the beach, requested the feel of a seaside retreat. The architects accomplished this with Ironbark wood slats on the exterior—the Australian hardwood is incredibly durable and will weather silver-grey over time. The wooden louvers shade a large playroom that’s adjacent to the boy’s bedrooms.

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Melbourne Middle Park House Rear Addition exterior deck

The large sliding doors are a telescoping design, which means they fit into one another and can therefore maximize the opening to the yard.

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Melbourne Middle Park House Addition kitchen

The entire living and dining space features tough polished concrete floors. The architects intentionally contrasted the darker concrete and veneered pantry against the neutral white walls and marble. This color play runs through the renovated areas. 

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Melbourne Middle Park House Addition kitchen marble island

The feature lighting consists of incandescent bulbs encased in clear glass. Its brightness is complemented by spot lighting located along the room’s perimeter.

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Melbourne Middle Park House Addition double-height stairwell

This double-height stairwell, just adjacent the kitchen, marks the transition from the historic building to the new renovation. A skylight pulls sunlight from above into the home office below. 

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Melbourne Middle Park House Addition stairwell

Here also hardy materials—the dark oak stairs—contrast with clean white walls. 

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Melbourne Middle Park House Addition bathroom

The newly-renovated master bath features white brass fixtures. A small enclosed garden brings natural light into the bath while maintaining privacy. 

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Melbourne Middle Park House Rear Addition exterior

The family members, who are active and spend ample time at the beach, requested the feel of a seaside retreat. The architects accomplished this with Ironbark wood slats on the exterior—the Australian hardwood is incredibly durable and will weather silver-grey over time. The wooden louvers shade a large playroom that’s adjacent to the boy’s bedrooms.

Architect 

Since the house is located within a “heritage street” of Melbourne that prohibits radical architectural modifications visible from the street. The addition would be in the house’s rear: two stories of new construction that principally features a large living, dining, and kitchen space that opens to the backyard. This expansive and flexible arrangement accommodates the sons and their friends. The material palette is also rugged and designed to withstand the wear and tear from nature and the young inhabitants over the long term.

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