Durham Street Addition

Richmond, Melbourne


Work in progress at our Durham Street site.

Harmony in Heritage: A Contemporary Addition to a Heritage-Listed Home in Richmond, Melbourne

Nestled in the historic heart of Richmond, Melbourne, this architecture project presents a thoughtful and innovative addition to a heritage-listed residence. Our design philosophy was anchored in respecting and preserving the home's significant street-facing façade while seamlessly integrating a contemporary extension at the rear. This approach ensures the dwelling's historical integrity is maintained, while introducing a modern living space tailored to the needs of a young, growing family.

The project carefully maximises the potential of the site, transforming the rear portion of the property into a modern haven that complements the original structure. The addition is designed to be a new layer of history, harmoniously juxtaposing the old with the new. Large, open-plan living areas, abundant natural light, and modern amenities are key features of the extension, providing a stark yet respectful contrast to the more traditional front portion of the home.

Throughout the project, we diligently navigated the rigorous planning and regulatory conditions associated with modifying a heritage-listed property. Our team worked closely with local authorities to ensure that every aspect of the design adhered to the stringent guidelines, while still achieving the client’s vision of a contemporary family space.

Key design elements include the use of sustainable materials and energy-efficient solutions, aligning with our commitment to environmentally responsible architecture. The outdoor spaces are reimagined to create a seamless indoor-outdoor living experience, enhancing the property's overall functionality and aesthetic appeal.

Set to be completed later in 2024, this project not only revitalises a piece of Richmond's architectural history but also provides a bespoke, modern living space. It stands as a testament to the successful blending of historical reverence with contemporary innovation, ensuring the longevity and relevance of the heritage home for years to come.

Rear Elevation

We offer deep respect to the traditional custodians of this land and honour their ancestors who have nurtured and cared for this country for thousands of years. We pay homage to the living cultures, languages, and knowledge systems of the Noongar, Wurundjeri and all Indigenous Australian peoples.