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Middle Park

Essay

A heritage-protected, post-war house built within the homogenous streetscape of Melbourne?s Garden City gets a twenty first century makeover. This inner suburb is an idiosyncratic pocket of Port Melbourne that takes its name from a late 19th century urban planning movement. Rooms in the original house were small and unserviceable for the contemporary clients. A radical new floor plan and a white pavilion addition invest the former architectural clone with new character and flexibility.

Sliding walls are used to ?carve? one large space into smaller, dedicated areas. A new flexibility of space and function with thick sliding walls which, when retracted, turn two intimate bedrooms into a single larger room. Each of these new bedrooms has an ensuite - one with a bath, one with a shower - reflecting the owners preferences.

The universality of space supports a number of living permutations, such as an older couple, a single parent family, a same sex couple, or single home-owners who may have friends or family stay for the long or short term. A resourceful, value-added response to the local heritage overlays that hampered any up-front creativity. But at the rear the architect has created a pristine white pavilion that now sits ?squarely in the grass field?.

New prime living spaces are collected under a thick, wide, absolute white roof that clearly states its difference to the modst heritage structures around it. This white-on-white is now joined to the old building with a fully glazed link walkway - garden on one side, courtyard garden on the other.

Middle Park
Middle Park
Middle Park
Middle Park