The Journey House – Hampton, Melbourne
- The owners required more space, updated amenities and desired a strong connection to the outside. The well travelled couple wanted a tranquil, calm and relaxing environment to call home.
- A large light weight timber structure emerges that presents the new open plan living spaces. This tent like space is orientated to the north surrounded with glass and timber and extends outside with a timber deck.
- A monolithic external skin wraps around the new extension defining the new space in a tent like manor. The single vaulted roof line rises up to the north providing a feeling of space whilst still maintaining an intimate human scale. This increased vertical height gave the opportunity for high windows to capture extended views of neighbouring trees.
- The extension runs along the south boundary to capitalise on northern solar gain, reorientation the existing relationship to the backyard.
- Very little of the works are visible from the street. The new works respect the original clicker brick 1940’s house celebrating the original features. Most of the original house remains and new works are hidden at the rear. From the street it is unclear what is at the back of the existing house.
- Sympathetic response to neighbourhood character
- Integrity of historic house and details retained
- Original streetscape retained
- Maximisation of daylight and cross ventilation
- Rigorous passive solar design
- Strong connection with outdoors
- Extensive use of natural finishes & recycled materials
- My aim for The Journey House – Hampton, Melbourne was to create a modern extension which addresses the client’s requirements, challenges the idea of what a renovation should be and create an element of surprise.
- Modest in size but worth respecting and retaining. There are no heritage controls on this house but there was a strong desire to preserve and value the original architecture and streetscape appeal.
- The project was a great opportunity to explore the idea of journey, the path one takes exploring the environment, to create an enticing, stimulating workable space.
“This really is a surprise, a curved dark tunnel separating the old from the new” – Nic Owen
Completion date: November 2014
Design time: Nine months
Construction time: Nine months
Client: A young professional couple
Location: Hampton, Melbourne
Project type: Single dwelling
Size (m2): House 166 m2 (Existing house was 123m2) Site = 620m2
Architect: Nic Owen Architects
Photographer: Christine Francis