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MELVISTA HOUSE by Chindarsi Architects

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Melvista House by Chindarsi Architects

Description by the architects:

An existing heritage-listed house set in a mature garden overlooking College Park, this project involves a renovation to enable it to function within the newly reduced sub-divided lot boundaries and maintain a connection to the gardens.
Existing trees are retained and become a central focus from the new front courtyard. Previous additions are removed and all significant heritage fabric retained. Original timber detail to the front verandah and arch-gabled portico is sensitively reinstated.
References to Moorish carved geometric screens and tile patterns and The Alhambra are interwoven with the existing Federation language of timber lattice and verandahs.
Weathering steel laser-cut screens float ‘cloud-like’ over a new glazed brickwork base. Acting as a sun-shading device, they cast shadows during the day, becoming a lantern at night, and reference Edwardian decorative fretwork/lacework and specifically the timber lattice on the existing verandah gable. Developed in collaboration with Little Design Horse, the pattern references the existing stained front door.
Glazing between original and new elements allows clear definition between the two; new black and white glazed brick walls establish a unique character which hints at dinner-suited formality.
The design seeks to be sympathetic and contemporary, championing the principals of the Australia ICOMOS ”Burra Charter.”

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Melvista House by Chindarsi Architects

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Melvista House by Chindarsi Architects

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Melvista House by Chindarsi Architects

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Melvista House by Chindarsi Architects

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Melvista House by Chindarsi Architects

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Melvista House by Chindarsi Architects

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Melvista House by Chindarsi Architects

Photography: Emma Van Dordrecht

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