Small but very pleasant, this project realized by MAKE Architecture highlights the way in which a modest modification and an addition can bring a positive contribution to a family residence. M House was built on a land facing south, in Northcote, a suburb of Melbourne, and the key factor for this project was how to bring the northern light into the new living spaces. The addition to the old structure was realized as small as possible, so as to keep the yard intact.
The double hip roof form of the existing house has been extruded to the rear and pulled away to create a small courtyard. The living spaces are now bathed in light during winter and the wood gutter protects them of the summer sun. The courtyard has become an extension of the living space and it allows the development of some family activities. The ‘M’ roof form is expressed internally to create expansive ceiling heights with the lining boards wrapping down the walls. The new living space has provided this family with a light filled space to come together and share daily life. Photographer: Peter Bennetts