Powell Street House by Robert Simeoni Architects

Renovation and extension of a 1930 duplex in South Yarra

Project Specs


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Occupying a compact site in South Yarra, this existing 1930’s duplex comprised a ground floor and first floor apartment, each with its own external access. The owners wished to unite these two dwellings to form a single residence.

▼住宅外观,exterior view © derek swalwell

▼入口,entrance © derek swalwell


The existing house had a quiet interior and muted light and the design was developed in response to this with a deliberate quietness, and the creation of a long diagonal view through the existing shallow floor plan. The ground floor addition formed a double height volume which incorporates a carefully located high level window and was conceived as a quiet space, with ambiguous connections between the existing and the new, the outside and inside.Bathrooms were designed with a selection of materials evocative of the 1930’s architecture of the original house.

▼室内空间,interior view © derek swalwell

▼餐厨空间,dining area and kitchen © derek swalwell

▼室内立面,internal facade © derek swalwell

▼餐厨空间细节,dining area and kitchen detailed view © derek swalwell

▼楼梯间,stairs © derek swalwell


The addition, and the new architectural elements generally, read as new inserted elements within the existing fabric, and contrast with the materiality of the original. This is expressed in the use of steel for the window frames and external cladding. Views were curated through the new steel windows utilising a combination of clear and opaque glazing. Internal colours were selected to connect spaces, and respond to the varying volumes and light conditions throughout the house.

▼玻璃屏墙细节,glass screen detailed view © derek swalwell

▼钢制窗框细节,window frame details © derek swalwell

▼住宅立面夜景,facade night view © derek swalwell

▼原始平面,existing floor plans © Robert Simeoni Architects

▼首层平面图,ground floor plan after renovation © Robert Simeoni Architects

▼二层平面图,first floor plan © Robert Simeoni Architects

▼东立面图,east elevation © Robert Simeoni Architects

▼北立面图,north elevation © Robert Simeoni Architects

▼剖面图,section © Robert Simeoni Architects

Project size: 190 m2
Site size: 234 m2
Completion date: 2018
Building levels: 2
Project team: Robert Simeoni Architects

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