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Hawthorn Hood in Melbourne, Victoria

18 Jan 2024

Architects and Interior: Bent Architecture

Location: Hawthorn, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Hawthorn Hood Melbourne Victoria

Photos by Tatjana Plitt

Hawthorn Hood Melbourne

The Hawthorn Hood clients (a couple of professionals with primary school aged twins) approached our studio to design a renovation-extension for a house that they occupied in a neighbouring suburb. It became apparent, through early investigations, that the resultant design would likely be heavily compromised due to a number of inherent limitations in the house and site; the most significant being the solar orientation of the allotment.

Hawthorn Hood Melbourne Victoria

These initial conversations sparked a hunt for a house and site that would better suit our clients’ long-term needs. A short-list of preferred suburbs, streets and orientation informed a letter-drop campaign that culminated in the purchase of the project site. Design discussions commenced in haste, and the result is a light-filled and engaging ‘forever’ home that ticks all of our clients’ boxes!

Hawthorn Hood Melbourne Victoria

The original house has a strong period character and is protected by a Heritage overlay. Rather than turn its back on the form and materiality of the original home, our response was to engage with and reinterpret the characteristics that define it; in particular, the grand proportions of the existing interior spaces, and the highly articulated, terracotta roof form.

Hawthorn Hood Melbourne Victoria

The project commenced by ‘unclipping’ a previous extension-renovation at the rear of home and re-programming the floorplan to harness the sun-filled rear yard. Bedrooms and utilities occupy the original home and the spacious roof form, whilst new living areas, positioned to the north of the original house, draw upon the grandeur of the original interiors, harness northern sunlight and frame views of the backyard and pool.

The new living areas are defined externally as a reclamation of the roof of the original house, folding down at the rear of the house in response to the function of the spaces within whilst offering a sympathetic nod to the original house and the surrounding rooflines of its heritage neighbourhood.

Hawthorn Hood Melbourne Victoria

Hawthorn Hood in Victoria, Australia – Building Information

Architects: Bent Architecture – https://www.bentarchitecture.com.au/hawthorn-hood
Project Director: Paul Porjazoski
Project Architect: Michael Germano
Design Team: Joanna Butler, Merran Porjazoski, Lana Blazanin
Structural/Civil Engineer: Clive Steele Partners

Project size: 451 sqm
Site size: 1021 sqm
Completion date: 2023
Building levels: 2

Hawthorn Hood Melbourne Victoria

Photography: Tatjana Plitt

Hawthorn Hood in Melbourne, Victoria property images / information received 180124 from Bent Architecture

Location: Hawthorn, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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