Frame Terrace House is a single-family house recently renovated by McMahon and Nerlich Architects, a boutique practice based in South Melbourne.
From the architect: The project was to transform a modest existing heritage house into a contemporary family residence. A variety of internal and external living spaces were proposed to allow for the varying degrees of privacy and dependence required for family life.
A small inner city site was challenging. The existing building was in good condition and we worked to retain the essential aspects of the heritage place. The project continues the practice’s research into updating historic buildings to today’s conceptual and functional needs.
We worked closely with the existing building. As much of the existing structure as possible was retained for sustainability reasons, but also to maintain the heritage of the existing building and the spatial qualities of traditional rooms. Contemporary spaces sit behind and over the retained spaces. New spaces are housed in a dark folded metal roof form that minimises it conceptual bulk through a subtle deception.