When the owners of this ‘straight and sound’ Glen Iris home purchased the property, there were mercifully few tricky elements for their architects to contend with. It was in near-original condition.

‘The benefits of this were that we didn’t have to deal with someone else’s renovation,’ says architect Luke Fry. ‘There was nothing to salvage other than the period facade and a few key interior details.’

Luke kept the bedrooms in the footprint of the original house and added a formal lounge to one of the front rooms. 

A rear extension constitutes the rest of the house and most of the new build. This ‘main focus of the house’ contains an open-plan kitchen, living and dining space overlooking the adjacent pool pavilion and garden. 

Structural curves inspired by the original facade lend organic lines to a house otherwise defined by its sleek, minimalist palette. 

Floor-to-ceiling windows are neatly plotted along the garden side of the extension to frame the rolling lawn and greenery (designed by Greenbits) beyond, working harmoniously with the sage cabinetry and foam-coloured marble. 

These subtle interior details create a fluid portal between the natural and built environments necessary in such a small space.

The client’s brief for a calm and secluded dwelling has been achieved due to this restrained and elegant design!

See more projects by Luke Fry here.


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