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.