This beautiful 1900s heritage-listed Victorian terrace situated in Albert Park has undergone a dramatic and moody renovation designed by Hindley & Co. Albert Park House features great Victorian bones and had elegant features but it has recently undergone renovations which rendered the home utilitarian and plain. The team sought to revive some of the soul and bring it back to its former glory, let’s take a look how they did it..
“Prior to renovating, the home’s rear living and kitchen area looked onto a dreary courtyard and garage cum studio, and the improvement of this outlook was central to the design intent and has proven to be integral to the success of the renovation. We felt that the relationship of the house, studio and garden needed to be harmonised to all three’s mutual benefit. This has been done by employing a few elementary techniques to declutter and simplify the previously fragmented layout and by focusing on the views from the interiors to the courtyard gardens.” – Hindley & Co
The new windows and plaster render on the double-storey garage volume significantly enhanced the outlook from the kitchen and living spaces towards the garage. Creating long, playful shadows on the rendered wall, the protruding steel reveals of the new windows also give spatial depth and give the illusion of a thicker wall. A transparent glass fitted with mesh screens has been installed, creating a unique flow of light over the interior from the surrounding trees which changes with the time of day and season.
“While the shell of the Victorian terrace was retained, there were some planning changes including the addition of an ensuite and dressing room, as well as the demarcation of the threshold between the private spaces at the front of the house and the more public ones at the rear, by way of steel-framed doors. A palette of black and white, chocolates and neutrals unravels from the kitchen to the living area and master bedrooms. In the bathrooms, the layering of transparent surfaces, such as the shower screens and hanging mirrors produce a trompe-l’oeil effect by reflecting the lush green outside.” – Hindley & Co
The transformation of this 1900s home revolves around a mix of contemporary details. Every corner has been meticulously considered, with a design that flawlessly integrated all essential spaces that create interesting forms and a beautifully unique aesthetic.