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Doll’s House: Sustainable Addition That Celebrates Adaptability!

Drawing inspiration from a dollhouse to create a beautiful, modern extension for a traditional home does sound intriguing and a touch far-fetched. But this is precisely what the imaginative folks from BKK Architects pulled off with the gorgeous Doll’s House in Northcote, Victoria, Australia. The new rear addition to an existing home was modelled on the design flexibility and simplicity of the classic dollhouse where partitions between rooms are often arbitrary and one room can be turned into another by simply swapping the décor!

New rear addition of the traditional Aussie home inspired by a doll house Doll’s House: Sustainable Addition That Celebrates Adaptability!

This sparkling contemporary addition opens up towards the rear yard, thanks to the use of large glass windows, and its simple wooden structure seems both modern and elegant. On the inside, the conventional presence of walls and doors is done away with and it is large shelves, wooden partitions and décor that delineate and define spaces. The lower level contains the an open plan living area along with the kitchen and dining space, guest bedroom, a pantry and laundry room, while the top floor of the extension holds the master suite. With the addition of the two-story structure, much of the original home serves as a smart buffer zone and now houses a home studio and playroom.

Custom bench with shade and barbeque area of the house are built into its structure

Living area with dark brick wall backdrop and large bookshelves

Shelves and decor divide space inside the stylish Aussie home

Large bookshelves and wooden walls separate spaces inside the Doll's House

Tiled backsplash in the kitchen brings 3D Pattern to the interior

Home studio with custom desk and storage options

Features such as the dark brick wall and hexagonal floor tiles in the living room, the geometric-tiled backsplash in the kitchen and refreshing blue tiles in the bathroom give every single space inside this rejuvenated Aussie home a personality of its own. With a design that incorporates passive heating and cooling techniques, top-notch insulation, custom LED lighting and a gray water management system, the house also aims to keep its carbon footprint as low as possible. [Photography: Shannon McGrath and Hilary Walker]

Bedroom on the top level overlooking the yard

Fascinating use of blue tiles to bring texture and pattern to the modern bathroom

Wooden structures create rooms within a larger space inside the contemporary addition

Charming contemporary extension for a classic home in Victoria

Street facade of Doll's House in Northcote, Australia

Floor plan of modern extension of home in Northcote

Second level floor plan of the Doll's House

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