Bungalow Extension in Melbourne Living

Contemporary Bungalow Extension in Melbourne

Gaining popularity in the early twentieth century, Californian bungalows can be found dispersed throughout streets in most Australian cities. While their charm is undeniable, with neat facades and welcoming front porches; their layouts weren’t built for our modern way of living. Taylor Knights Architects were tasked with transforming a traditional home in Brunswick West into a multifunctional space for a young family. A modern bungalow extension to the rear was chosen as a way to retain the integrity of the original home while offering flexible new spaces to enjoy…

Making use of a previously wide, unused lane that runs along the side of the house, the bungalow extension benefits from a separate new entry. The bedrooms and private areas are housed within the original home, creating two distinct zones that perform specific functions. The extension’s interior is simple, with an overarching focus on connecting people within the spaces. Custom bench seats have been created within the masonry walls to take advantage of the lush green outlook through bright, angular windows. These innovative built-in solutions also contain the homeowners’ diverse collection of literature without adding any visual clutter.

Accommodating the family’s literature and artwork was a crucial part of the brief for the architects, with a print of Kandinsky’s Upward (Empor) taking pride of place on a wall at the entrance. This particular geometric piece informed the overall design direction, with a striking green concrete floor and subtle experiments of shape and tone throughout. Concentrating on longevity, quality materials of brick, concrete and timber are at the forefront of the contemporary design and ensure the homeowners are able to enjoy the space for years to come. By preserving the original home, the family is able to appreciate its heritage while enjoying a modern, open-plan way of life.

Photography by Tom Blachford.

visit: Taylor Knights Architects

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