When it came time to renovate his own Port Melbourne home, Dominic Pandolfini of Pandolfini Architects had a clear goal: "Despite the constraints of a long narrow site, we wanted to create some generous spaces that had a sense of drama," says Pandolfini.
Zen Architects designs a 1,453-square-foot addition for an existing Victorian home sited in the Botanic Gardens precinct of inner Melbourne, with the goal that the extension would "utilize the concepts of living in a garden and gathering under a roof," says the firm.
When the homeowners of this 1930s bungalow realized they needed more living space for their growing family and long-term house guests, they turned to Steffen Welsch Architects for a creative, sustainably minded solution. The firm fashioned a rammed-earth wing that curves off the back of the house and curves along the edge of the narrow city lot.
In order to create space for new shared living spaces and an upper floor master suite, BG Architecture inserted a gabled roof volume behind the original home, then clad it in metal and perforated screens for privacy from the alleyway.
Tom Robertson Architects deftly tack on a timber-clad volume to a historic home in the suburb of Princess Hill, so as not to compete with the home’s original character. "This was more respectful of the beautiful heritage house," says Robertson.
Gardiner Architects flips the script by putting the shared living spaces in a rear extension, adding an entry in a side lane for neighbor access, and creating easy indoor/outdoor flow for informal social gatherings. "In terms of this single residential project, a focus on community set foundations for a house to avoid being a primarily internalized experience," says the firm.
In the suburb of Cremorne, architect Michael Artemenko, co-director of FIGR Architecture Studio, utilizes a fuchsia-painted hall to link up the preserved portion of his semi-detached Victorian worker's cottage to a light-filled rear addition.
For this 484-square-foot rear add-on, dubbed the Tetris Extension, architect and photographer Jaime Diaz-Berrio paired up with architect Mark Allan of Crosshatch to combine strong, interlocking shapes to incorporate a new bedroom, bathroom, and central living lounge.