Collection by Zachary Edelson

A Breezy Modern Addition Opens Up a Historic Melbourne Home


A family with three young sons asked Mitsuori Architects to renovate and expand their venerable Victorian house to accommodate their growing and energetic children.

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.

The family members, who are active and spend ample time at the beach, requested the feel of a seaside retreat.
The large sliding doors are a telescoping design, which means they fit into one another and can therefore maximize the...
The entire living and dining space features tough polished concrete floors.
The feature lighting consists of incandescent bulbs encased in clear glass.
This double-height stairwell, just adjacent the kitchen, marks the transition from the historic building to the new...
Here also hardy materials—the dark oak stairs—contrast with clean white walls.
The newly-renovated master bath features white brass fixtures.