This extension to an existing Victorian home in Port Melbourne was primarily driven by the clientâ€™s desire for light filled living & working spaces connected to the outdoors, whilst also accommodating an elderly family member to comfortably age in place. Programme and form are divided into three volumes, delineated by carefully inserted external courtyards. The first volume is given to autonomous aging in place, the second to the primary living zones, and the third to a laneway accessed garage and loft studio. In the spirit of â€˜Enfiladeâ€™, visual continuity throughout and between these volumes became the basis for resolving the clientâ€™s complex programmatic requirements while enhancing a sense of connectivity within the constraints of the narrow east-west oriented plot. Where space could not be afforded at the horizontal plane, axis and verticality are expressed through perforations in volumes connecting internal and external environments, extending programme, harnessing and diffusing northern light throughout.
Bio Winter Architecture is a collaborative architecture practice located in Fitzroy and Torquay. With projects in Victoria, NSW and Tasmania, we work alongside a range of design professionals within our community to provide each of our clients with a unique tailored level of design expertise. Our design approach employs an acute sensitivity to site conditions and client needs, responding to each site in an amalgamative process, uncovering unique possibilities and site potential. We believe in detailing simplicity into each project, through both design and delivery, and in all aspects of practice.