A 1980s beach house is given a new lease on life with the addition of a playroom, first floor deck and expanded living spaces. The original split-face block base is kept and the new program is grafted on, greatly enhancing orientation and functionality.
All images courtesy of Figureground Architecture
Figureground Architecture is a Melbourne based architectural studio established in 2011.
Since its recent inception Figureground has developed a reputation as a leader in innovative hospitality design, gaining awards for early projects such as Pope Joan Bar and Industry Beans Café and Roastery.
Studio 1, Level 1, 156 George St Fitzroy Victoria 3065
The brief – Reinvent a grand Victorian-era terrace to shift the main formal living areas from the front of the home to the more relaxed and private rear garden, one level below the street. Extend this new living space and open up the back two floors to the outdoors, and can you re-landscape the gardens while you’re there? And add a rear garage with a studio above it?
The result – The original home is now a sophisticated urban retreat suited to a busy 21st century family. A new multi-level plywood extension inserted into the main rear living room proudly distinguishes old from new and connects several levels of the house to the garden for the very first time.
A mirrored box containing an ensuite, inserted into what was formerly a second bedroom, which is still resplendent with its original Victorian ceiling and floor details, exemplifies our contemporary-meets-classic approach.
The feeling: Generous, inviting, surprising and with the new garden outlook, ultimately happy.
All images courtesy of Studio Prineas
Eva-Marie Prineas founded Studio Prineas in 2004. Her background and passion for heritage conservation and sustainable design forms the basis of the Studio Prineas philosophy of understanding and adapting places that are already special.
Eva-Marie’s award-winning approach to design stems from an intuitive understanding of what to keep and what to cleverly adapt in her projects. She prides herself on her studio’s collaborative skills and personally invests in client relationships to ensure each project is a combined effort with a shared vision.
Eva-Marie was a co-founder of DARCH – the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) group for emerging architects, and maintains a role as guest critic at the University of Sydney. She is also an examiner for the architects’ registration exam at the NSW Board of Architects. In 2007 Eva-Marie was elected onto the NSW Chapter Council for the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and has continued to contribute to numerous juries including the AIA Awards.
19a Boundary Street
NSW 2011 Australia