Melbourne 1940s House Gets Remodel by Nic Owen Architects

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The Journey House by Nic Owen Architects
Nic Owen Architects turns a contemporary remodels this 1940s house in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Completed in 2014, this remodeling project includes a renovation and extension to this an 1940s old house, where the home owners needs a home with a more space, calm, relaxing home, and creates a strong connection to the outside.

“The journey through this project begins by entering through the renovated house which includes all new / updated facilities. The existing hallway then directs you through a black timber clad curved tunnel where the end is not visible. The destination is a surprise, the mystery a waits as you track on. A large light weight timber structure emerges that presents the new open plan living spaces. This tent like space is orientated to the north surrounded with glass and timber and extends outside with a timber deck. Your destination has been reached – for now, a place to relax and dream of traveling.

A monolithic external skin wraps around the new extension defining the new space in a tent like manor. The single vaulted roof line rises up to the north providing a feeling of space whilst still maintaining an intimate human scale. This increased vertical height gave the opportunity for high windows to capture extended views of neighboring trees.

A curved dark tunnel separates the original house from the new works providing an element of mystery and surprise.

The extension runs along the south boundary to capitalize on northern solar gain, reorientating the existing relationship to the backyard.

Very little of the works are visible from the street. The new works respect the original clicker brick 1940’s house celebrating the original features. Most of the original house remains and new works are hidden at the rear. From the street it is unclear what is at the back of the existing house.” the architects said.
The Journey House by Nic Owen Architects

The Journey House Architecture by Nic Owen Architects

The Journey House Kitchen Room by Nic Owen Architects

The Journey House Living Room by Nic Owen Architects

The Journey House Cabinetry by Nic Owen Architects

The Journey House Interiors by Nic Owen Architects

The Journey House Reading Room by Nic Owen Architects

The Journey House Bedroom by Nic Owen Architects

The Journey House Interiors by Nic Owen Architects

The Journey House Interiors by Nic Owen Architects

The Journey House Interiors by Nic Owen Architects

The Journey House by Nic Owen Architects

The Journey House Architecture by Nic Owen Architects

Photography by Christine Francis

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