Bailey Avenue St. Kilda
The influence of Japanese architecture in this renovation to an existing single storey red brick Edwardian house has resulted in a modest and simple design that works in harmony with the surroundings – a liberal use of natural , untreated timber and building materials promote environmental sustainability as a consistent theme throughout the house. The full height glass windows serve as a compositional technique to incorporate the landscape garden design into the interior design and provide a greater access to light. Upstairs, shoji or moveable screens acts as an interior door/partition dividing the living area from the tatami room creating a flexible floor plan. Tatami mat flooring framed by the translucent shoji screens allow gentle light to seep inside, providing a quiet place of retreat, rest and sleep.
The project encompassed a Ground Level renovation to all rooms, including an extension to the existing Kitchen, new bathroom and rear decking with a custom recycled glass canopy over folding glazed doors. New cantilevered stair treads lead up to the upper level addition with the tatami bedroom, a roof attic bedroom, Living, En-suite and external decking completing the works.
The upper level has been carefully inserted into the existing tiled and chimneyed roof form so as not to dominate but neatly add to the existing architecture. The Landscape Architect clients really appreciated the consistent attention to detail and use of natural simple materials, allowing their tight inner urban garden to enter the dwelling and express their love for things Japanese.