House 3 by Coy Yiontis Architects
The brief was complicated and challenging. Restore and extend to accommodate modern family living. Space, materials and sustainable considerations on a modest block were large factors when Coy Yiontis Architects adapted this heritage home.
The outcome is pioneering when faced with the challenges of a small block, retaining the charm of a Victorian weatherboard and being able to redefine it effectively for modern living.
The approach was to divide the house into two discreet buildings, old and new, separated by a large central courtyard and reconnected by a glazed link. The courtyard with its pool, gives the new building its northern aspect and is conceived as an extension of the shared spaces which surround it on three sides.
The original building was stripped back to its salvageable elements and the footprint reduced to form a seemingly freestanding cottage. The exterior was meticulously restored. Internally spaces were reshaped to become an office, library/living room and guest bedroom. The volume of the original structure was exploited in the new layout to create a grand living space.
A new two storey timber clad building was based at the rear of the property and facing the old cottage across both the courtyard and pool. Its angular form was based on planning constraints and finally evolved into a subtle geometry that shaped the envelope and influenced the plan of both buildings. The family’s bedrooms are accommodated upstairs. At ground floor an irregular open plan of living space flows around large kernels of service space. A glazed, slide away panels opens the house to the outdoors and with built in daybed borders the pool offers a nook for morning sun moments.
The final result is a bold statement that offers surprises, sustainability and smart use of space that’s adaptable.
Travertine unifies the floor plane, internally and externally.
Timber cladding and interior paneling, glazed panels.
Photographer’s name: Peter Clarke
Architects: George Yiontis and Rosa Coy
Awards to Date:
Winner 2015 AIA Victorian Architecture Awards
Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations & Additions)
Finalist in the City of Port Phillip 2014 Vibrant Design
12th Design Development Awards Category 5 Best Heritage Re-development
Highly commended Award for Best Residential Courtyard Pool at SPASA Awards 2014
2015 Houses Awards Shortlist – Australia
2015 Victorian Architecture Awards Shortlist – Australian Institute of Architects