Renovation and Extension of the Hopetoun Road Residence by B.E Architecture

Renovation and Extension of the Hopetoun Road Residence by B.E Architecture

Architects: B.E Architecture
Project: Renovation and Extension of the Hopetoun Road Residence
Location: Toorak, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Photography: Peter Clarke and Melany Wimpee

The approach for the renovation and extension of the Hopetoun Road Residence is to retain the existing structure as an anchoring element, adding a series of pavilions underneath a floating copper roofline that wraps around the original building.

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Embracing the client’s desire to maintain a fairly conventional residential structure, the design strengthens the form by creating a gable façade at the front and back with a clearly defined outline. Clad in polished grey render, the gables emphasize solidity and give the house a re-established sense of history and permanence.

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In contrast, the extensions composed as ribbons of copper wrapping around the solid structure, sit softly above recessed glazing. As a counterpoint to the verticality of the façade, the thin, single-level roofline expresses horizontality. The copper banding creates various spatial experiences as it interacts with the original house.

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The tension and balance between old and new are carried into the interiors of the house. The existing structure maintains the intimate qualities of the original house with a series of crafted details. The new areas, made primarily from glass, are open to the green landscape beyond. Prominent use of steel-framed windows is a unifying element throughout the project.

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