Suburban Sanctuary

Adapt Architecture

Suburban Sanctuary, located within an established suburb of Melbourne’s Inner North, presented an exciting opportunity for the design of sustainable and energy efficient additions, alterations and improvements. Part of a post-war residential estate established for returning war veterans, the existing semi-detached brick home required thoughtful design to meet the client’s design objectives, with sensitivity to the heritage neighbourhood and adjoining neighbour.

The triangular shaped allotment previously consisted of two separate structures. The home aligned with the eastern boundary with a long garage to the western side. The proposed design connected the two components with a small walk-in pantry and laundry addition. The now connected, west facing garage provides solar protection to the ground floor.

With primary living spaces already located to the northern end, minor changes, such as increased the width of the living area, significantly improves the versatility and usability of the space, enhances the northerly aspect and provides the footprint for the first floor parent’s retreat. Recycled red bricks are used for the new westerly two storey wall, an homage to the prominent building material of the neighbourhood and to provide a thermal buffer to the west orientation.

The northerly aspect of the home is sheltered and shaded by an extended pergola, covered outdoor living area and established garden.

Photography by Mark Farrelly Photography.