Project name: Albert Park Curved Pleated Façade
Architect: AdeB Architects
Location: Albert Park
The significant renovation to the rear of this old home sits elegantly on its site and comfortably within its heritage precinct. The contemporary design provides an appropriate scale, texture and level of detail, and delivers a sophisticated and considered use of this corner site, maximizing access to light and space for the owners while providing an intriguing addition to precinct.
The design also defers to the street, maximises outlook while cleverly mitigating solar gain from the west, through its signature curved and pleated screen façade. This project provides an exemplar for the council to point to, of a well-considered, respectful and authentic contemporary design insertion within a heritage setting.
Project name: Downside Up House
Location: Albert Park
This contemporary reinterpretation of a single fronted timber weatherboard, makes the most of its corner site location, significantly increasing the size and internal amenity of the existing heritage home, while also contributing beautifully at the urban interface. The extension, predominantly constructed in painted timber, works with the scale and materiality of the existing house but clearly defines new from old work. It playfully references the pitched roofs of the area, allowing it to sit comfortably within its precinct.
This thoroughly contemporary new home both respects and celebrates its origins, while offering a thoughtful and place-specific solution.
Project name: Long Room House
Architect: OOF! Architecture
Location: South Melbourne
This project involved the careful restoration and renovation of an 1850s historic property. The structure, form and bones of the building and original internal finishes have been maintained and repaired, while a completely new fitout that meets the needs of a contemporary extended family living a 2020s lifestyle has been sensitively and finely integrated within the original shell. The owners and architects are commended for the preservation of this historic property, which will ensure its enduring use and contribution as a memorable and meaningful part of Port Phillip’s urban fabric.
Project name: Edgewater Towers Regeneration
Architect: OPAT Architects
Location: St Kilda
This project represents the first stages of restoration works to this iconic St Kilda beachfront building. The Owners Corporation and the architects are commended for carefully and thoughtfully working to maintain and protect Edgewater Towers through works to communal areas of the building. The faithful restoration of the ground floor entry and foyer spaces and the playful clean up and contemporary additions at roof level are important investments in celebrating the importance of this old foreshore beauty, and harbingers of the benefits that will flow with further works planned for the coming years.