Respect the Past and Have Fun with the Present
A personal project by Architect Lisa Cummins, Ethel is an 80sq.m extension to an existing 40sq.m home in Melbourne’s Brunswick East. With a budget of $420,000, the architect decided to avoid unnecessary indulgence and focus on the details and quality of the living space.The new addition may not be apparent from the street, but behind that conversed modest facade is bagful of new surprises.
After passing two original rooms on the right (now a bedroom and study), the home opens horizontally and vertically into a new double-height, open-plan living space. An upstairs space cantilevers over the kitchen. Moss green carpet lines the stairs to the upper level – a mezzanine space that acts as a second, more intimate living space. A secret roof deck is nestled between the new addition and the original roof “to enjoy views of the street and curious, old rooftops”.
The interior is airy and light-filled. The double-height living space opens onto the backyard and draws in bountiful of daylight from the full span windows. The use of neutral palate and earthy tones compliments nicely with the minimalist deco with added warmth and cosiness.
“My personal approach to architecture is that it should be somewhat playful, respectful of the past and present, and provide sensitive enhancement to people’s lives – rather than forcefully re-defining them.” – Lisa Cummins
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