This design of Fenwick House was developed with close involvement by the clients to maximise the available light and space on an oddly shaped block in the inner suburban setting of Clifton Hill. The original weatherboard cottage which addresses the street has been maintained while a new, two-level addition at the rear provides new kitchen and dining areas and a master bedroom suite.
The addition is angular and tapered in form with a crisp, cleanly detailed facade. Inside, a variety of spatial volumes is achieved within a relatively simple overall form. The character of natural materials, such as timber, concrete and metal, is expressed.
About Julie Firkin Architects
Julie Firkin Architects was established in 2009 and specialises in designing aspirational, carefully crafted and commodious homes. Our projects can transform older dwellings, unlock the potential of constrained, inner-city or suburban sites, or embrace the natural beauty of regional and rural areas. We incorporate passive solar design principles to ensure that our designs are thermally efficient, light and comfortable.
Julie has been involved in the design and delivery of a variety of projects both in Australia and internationally, including large mixed-use projects in Melbourne and bespoke projects in Europe and the USA. Julie holds a Master in Architecture degree from Harvard University and regularly leads design studios at the University of Melbourne, Monash University and RMIT.