Inner City Villa

  • Type Residential
  • Client Private
  • Location Melbourne
  • Description The new rises beside the old
  • Collaborators Paul Bangay Garden Design
  • Construction 2017-2018
  • Photography Sharyn Cairns
  • Design Powell & Glenn Pty Ltd
  • Architect Ed Glenn

A two-storey Victorian terrace leaves behind its most recent history as a dental surgery to be reimagined as a four-level inner-city residence. The new seamlessly interacting with the character and context of the original Victorian structure c.1876.

The design maximises the corner block’s ideal north/west orientation and works to inject the relatively compact 277m2 block with a series of new living spaces: new kitchen/living, a secluded, verdant courtyard, a master retreat, lower level gym and roof terrace garden.

Each space has a unique relationship to the street and north east courtyard garden. This walled courtyard can be accessed by the old and new wings of the house, drawing light into multi levels of the building. From the courtyard appears a two-storey sculptural form. The new, rising beside the old – anchoring the garden and connecting the first floor balconies and terraces that lead to a rooftop garden area.