Duke Street, Richmond

The Duke Street residence was originally a Victorian four room workers cottage. However, Warren Lee Architecture was able to transform the cottage into a modern residential household.

The main design strategy was to create a two-storey extension that is connected to the existing cottage by a glazed link. The link is versatile in the way that it is not only utilised as a connection path, it can also be completely opened up during summer as a dining space, blurring the line between exterior and interior. The two-storey extension uses a vertical garden strategy as a façade. The garden as a sustainability strategy cools down the building in a cost-effective manner. As an aesthetic strategy, it navigates through both horizontal and vertical surfaces redefining a garden’s edge condition.

The building challenges building norms but was successfully negotiated by architectural merit.

WHAT

Residential Architecture

LOCATION

Melbourne

WHEN

Under Construction

40 PORTER STREET, PRAHRAN VIC 3181

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