Moor Street | Fitzroy, VIC


in Architecture, Interiors, Residential

The Heritage Listed worker's cottages in Fitzroy are known for being at least one thing...compact. The one bedroom, single level cottages are heritage listed and any development, however beautiful and carefully executed must honour the existing street frontage. Whiting Architects proved themselves worthy of the challenge completing an overhaul of this historical cottage that renders it spacious, modern & somewhat ethereal. All the while maintaining a rather tight budget and of course, an illusion from the street that nothing has been altered.

IN THE SHADOW OF...a 17th century church, the cottage was wanting for space as well as natural light. Not able to technically build 'up' the architects engineered a second level that is cleverly hidden from the street. Up the stairs separated from the original front rooms of the cottage, we find a master bedroom, second bathroom and second bedroom. Along with the extra space, comes the abundance of light through perforated panels shining soft and dappled on the staircase and throughout the second storey.

Balancing the history with the modern, somewhat industrial feeling of the new addition, the owners have furnished the home with natural timbers, soft furnishings in earthy fibres of linen and rattan and a distinct lack of accessories. In a home whose foundation was laid over 150 years ago; where spectacular views pop out from unexpected angles; and where the sunlight creates an ever changing artwork on the walls; less is definitely more.

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HERITAGE LISTED & TINY ... the worker's cottages in Fitzroy are known for being at least one thing...compact. The one bedroom, single level cottages are heritage listed and any development, however beautiful and carefully executed must honour the existing street frontage. Whiting Architects proved themselves worthy of the challenge completing an overhaul of this historical cottage that renders it spacious, modern & somewhat ethereal. All the while maintaining a rather tight budget and of course, an illusion from the street that nothing has been altered.

IN THE SHADOW OF...

...a 17th century church, the cottage was wanting for space as well as natural light. Not able to technically build 'up' the architects engineered a second level that is cleverly hidden from the street. Along with the extra space comes the light, through perforated panels shining soft dappled light on the staircase and throughout the second storey.

In the shadow of a 17th century church, the cottage was wanting for space as well as natural light. Not able to technically build 'up' the architects engineered a second level that is cleverly hidden from the street. Up the stairs separated from the original front rooms of the cottage, we find a master bedroom, second bathroom and second bedroom. Along with the extra space, comes the abundance of light through perforated panels shining soft and dappled on the staircase and throughout the second storey.

BALANCING THE HISTORY...

...with the modern somwewhat industrial feeling of the new addition the owners have furnished the home with natural woods, fibres and a distinct lack of accessories. In a home whose foundation was been laid over 150 years ago; where spectacular views pop out from unexpected angles; and where the sunlight creates an ever changing artwork on the walls; less is definitely more.

BALANCING THE HISTORY...with the modern somewhat industrial feeling of the new addition, the owners have furnished the home with natural timbers, soft furnishings in earthy fibres of linen and rattan and a distinct lack of accessories. In a home whose foundation was laid over 150 years ago; where spectacular views pop out from unexpected angles; and where the sunlight creates an ever changing artwork on the walls; less is definitely more.


Design: Whiting Architects
Photography: Tess Kelly

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Heritage limitations didn't stop Whiting Architects from truly transforming this old workers cottage in Fitzroy.

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