The Swanston Street House comprises of a new addition, which quietly sits back from the street within a stretch of single storey Victorian terrace houses. It belies the restraints of the terrace typology and the long, narrow site to provide a light filled, open and connected home.

Project Name: Swanston Street House
Studio Name: Robert Simeoni Architects
Location: Carlton, Australia
Photography: Trevor Mein
Project size: 200 m2
Site size: 200 m2
Completion date: 2018
Building levels: 2

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Kitchen ©Trevor Mein

The original façade, front room and entry hall were retained, while the ground floor addition was conceived as a large open space. The new space could then be broken down into more intimate spaces through implied zones, changing levels, and sheer curtains.

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Reading Room ©Trevor Mein

A void above the lounge area draws light into the centre of the house and creates a new opportunity to visually connect the ground and first floor. The dark and moody palette is offset using light wells and glazing, which spill natural light into the space.

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Reading Room ©Trevor Mein

The kitchen and dining area are orientated to take advantage of the morning light. A sheer curtain provides a sense of softness, and can be used to envelope the dining area, creating a sanctum within the space which is both theatrical and intimate.


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