Sitting on a 5.5m wide site, and bounded by 6m high walls and behind an existing shop, this 3 bedroom Ascot Vale House in Melbourne’s inner west has deployed a number of clever strategies to transcend its constraints.
Splitting time between New York and Vancouver, the owners of a 1,100-square-foot loft in the latter city’s Crosstown neighborhood needed room to work from home, and as ardent sports fans they also wanted space to host large game-day gatherings.
KAS Apartment is an experiment the purpose of which was to understand what can be done in the interior with one’s own hands, having zero skills in repairing and manufacturing furniture, with the help of simple tools.
The Findlay Neighborhood Residence project included a complete renovation and addition to a dilapidated structure. The existing building had gone through years of roughshod additions, renovations, and updates.
The beauty of this project is the site itself, which overlooks the Portsea Lagoon and Wildlife Reserve. First Lessons House sits low amongst the existing myrtle and tea-trees, at the back corner of the site.
An existing interwar duplex on a sloping site was the foundation of this challenging project. The two units had complex floor plans over three levels; including a detached basement. The building’s steep elevation provided excellent views but created a disconnection with the outdoors.