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Brick, Steel and Timber Extension Brings New Life to Heritage Melbourne Home

Modern extensions aim to find that elusive balance between the trendy and the timeless – an amalgamation of the old and the new that feels both seamless and stylish. Sometimes this is done by creating an extension that feels like an image of the existing structure. Then there are occasions when one finds ways to link he contemporary and the classic! Nestled on the busy York Street in St. Kilda, Melbourne, the York St Residence takes the latter approach with Jackson Clements Burrows Architects adding a modern two-storey rear extension to the heritage Aussie home.

Contemporary rear addition to heritage home in the suburbs of Melborne with eye-catching brick work
Contemporary rear addition to heritage home in the suburbs of Melbourne with eye-catching brick work

The new addition has a distinctive geometry that sets it apart from the traditional, original home. Yet, the fabulous gabled roofs were a constant inspiration in the design of the rear extension that is linked to the main house using a glazed link which is screened by beautiful hit-miss brickwork. The gorgeously-lit courtyard leads the way into the new interior with an open plan living area on the lower level. With a series of levels being used to delineate the spaces in here without the use of walls, there is an unhindered flow of light throughout.

Hit-miss brickwork of the new extension makes it visually captivating
Hit-miss brickwork of the new extension makes it visually captivating
Bluish-gray kitchen island and cabinets bring contemporary panache to the new home interior
Bluish-gray kitchen island and cabinets bring contemporary panache to the new home interior
Contemporary interior of the home in concrete, brick, glass and timber
Contemporary interior of the home in concrete, brick, glass and timber

Maximizing space, natural light and clad in steel, timber and charming brick, this extension is as captivating as the original heritage home! [Photography: Derek Swalwell]

Kitchen, dining area of the new extension with smart, contemporary design
Kitchen, dining area of the new extension with smart, contemporary design
New, open plan living area of the house on the lower level wih raised platforms creating series of spaces
New, open plan living area of the house on the lower level with raised platforms creating series of spaces
Sculptural staircase leading to the upper level with a calming study nook
Sculptural staircase leading to the upper level with a calming study nook
Glass walls bring natural light into the home with a new, sculptural staircase
Glass walls bring natural light into the home with a new, sculptural staircase

The form responds to the hips and gables of the prevalent existing buildings. A central focus is the sculptural staircase, which delivers its occupants from the ground floor to a landing study nook, set under a folding origami, timber-lined ceiling.

Interior of the smart extension embraces a modern minimal theme
Interior of the smart extension embraces a modern minimal theme
Modern minimal bedroom with gray walls and ample natural light on he upper level
Modern minimal bedroom with gray walls and ample natural light on he upper level
Cozy sitting nook on the upper level of the new rear extension
Cozy sitting nook on the upper level of the new rear extension
Fabulous lighting and a green courtyard steal the show out here!
Fabulous lighting and a green courtyard steal the show out here!

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