Melbourne. A brick house surrounded by eucalypts

FMD Architects provides generous flowing living spaces with deep connection to the natural suburban landscape and the heritage of the existing house.

FMD Architects, Old Be-al House, Melbourne, 2017

Located in Melbourne, a classic, single story brick veneer home from the inter-war period was the subject of renovation and extension by FMD Architects. Client’s fondness for the aged eucalypt at the existing house's rear and of its connection to the famous “Old Be-al” gum in the Mallee inspired the formal qualities of the design, most notably in the ribbed ceiling of the living spaces and the overall house’s re-orientation towards this backyard focal point.

This renovation proposed a reduction of the footprint of the house that was enabled through generously flowing living spaces with deep connections to the landscape and heritage of the existing house and surrounds. The continued influence of Old Be-al saw a marriage of materiality in the front and rear of the house, with hit-and- miss partial brick elevations filtering the passage and fall of light in the newly opened living spaces of the house's interior.

Img.10 FMD Architects, Old Be-al House, Melbourne, 2017
FMD Architects, Old Be-al House, Melbourne, 2017
Old Be-al House
Melbourne, Australia
FMD Architects
Design team:
Fiona Dunin, Alice Edmonds, Jayme Collins, Rob Kolak
Structural engineering:
Perrett Simpson
Dimpat Construction
129 sqm

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