The Queensberry Street house occupies the site of a former cheese factory in North Melbourne, an inner city suburb. The building is formally ambiguous, mediating between domestic and industrial typologies, such as the Victorian shop front and the suburban pavilion.

Project Name: Queensberry Street House
Firm Name: Robert Simeoni Architects
Project size: 200 m2
Site size: 180 m2
Completion date: 2013
Building levels: 2
Location: North Melbourne, Australia
Photography: John Gollings

Queensberry Street House by Robert Simeoni Architects - Sheet1
3D View ©John Gollings

The use of brickwork references the materiality of the local context, however here it is imbued with architectural intent. The glazing system is fabricated from steel and formed into complex steel window walls, which are softened using dark stained timber sections to operable doors and windows.

Queensberry Street House by Robert Simeoni Architects - Sheet2
Reading Room ©John Gollings

Subtle terracing of the ground floor slab is mirrored at the first floor level by the curated configuration of the ceiling plane.

Queensberry Street House by Robert Simeoni Architects - Sheet3
Perspective ©John Gollings

These architectural manoeuvres coupled with a carefully composed arrangement of walls, sliding doors, curtains and subtle plan slippages, construct spaces that expand and contract into one another rather than being defined by clearly delineated thresholds.

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