Graham Street in Albert Park is a typical Victorian era inner urban heritage listed street consisting of row timber clad cottages and pitched corrugated iron roofs. The blocks are quite narrow but lengthy, enabling retention of the front façade and rooms, verandah and small garden but offering the ability to substantially renovate the rear section to contemporary requirements.
The original Schematic design was prepared by the late Richard Swansson Architect. Honouring that arrangement and design principals, GAA facilitated the detail design and construction of the project until completion. The Blue Fin house is a two storey renovation to an existing Albert Park cottage. The heritage cottage streetscape is maintained and from the rear the glowing blue fins make their mark. Acknowledging the site and view lines from the street, it is virtually unknown that a major two level renovation has been undertaken encompassing 4 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Kitchen, Dining and Living spaces.
An efficient, compact layout was required to enable the best opportunity for spacious open plan living and perception of space whilst maintaining fully operational service areas of the central Kitchen, en suite and laundry gathered around the light court. The full width of the narrow site is emphasised in the main dining and living area, extending out to a raised terrace for outdoor activities.
Externally, metal cladding encompasses the extensions, expressed as a vertical seamed format in dark grey. Contrasting this are blue acrylic frosted privacy fins to the upper level Bedroom windows preventing overlooking to the neighbours.