A neglected inner-city Melbourne terrace house originally designed by the notable colonial architect Joseph Reid in 1856 is transformed with a brilliant blending of old and new, and the addition of an atrium.
Yvonne Young is a country woman who, amongst other things, breeds horses on her property at Tonimbuk (West Gippsland). When her children moved to the city, Yvonne found herself spending more time in Melbourne and decided a city house was needed. She purchased the house in East Melbourne for its central location and fell in love with the possibilities of restoring it.
Yvonne wanted to restore the exterior to its original splendour but introduce to her inner-city house things you find in the country - space, light and air. Together with architects David and Jacqueline Wagner and builder John Alessi, she spent over four years breathing new life back into the building. Her brief for space and light was achieved with a three-story atrium designed around the concept of a Roman villa.
The feel of the landscape is echoed in all of the house details. The colour palette is earthy, and wood is used extensively throughout. Terracotta louvres are featured both inside and out, bringing the outside in and echoing details of traditional Australian rural housing.
From its carefully restored facade that recognises its history, to the atrium which echoes a Roman villa, this is a house that both looks back to the past and forward to the future.