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Wyk Architecture Malvern East House photographed by Dave Kulesza for the Local project

MALVERN EAST | WYK ARCHITECTURE

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A new two-storey addition echoes the original vernacular of the heritage Malvern East bungalow, yet Wyk Architecture purposefully juxtaposes the old with the new to allow the original home’s form to be clearly read while offering clients, a young family, room to grow.

For Wyk Architecture Director Kathy Grigoriu, an addition and renovation that copied the existing structure was not the right approach to the heritage Malvern East dwelling. Instead, the new build would be delineated and pay respect to the original 1920s home through complementary forms and materiality with a clear point between the old and new, which is a defining theme for this project. “It allows the heritage to stand apart and be recognised for what it originally was, a single-storey bungalow,” Kathy says.

The clients, a family with three young children, came to Wyk Architecture seeking a place where they could have room to grow and entertain. Having lived in a small bungalow, this home would need to suit the family at this point in time, plus cater to the needs of their future teenagers and beyond. While the initial brief was to focus on the main spaces, like the kitchen, living and dining rooms, ample light was also another major consideration, with care taken that the south-west extension would receive enough natural light through the day. The two-storey skylight void and glass stairwell, which is the preeminent feature dividing the old house to the new, also acts to add light to this heritage property.

Featuring Ross Gardam Nebulae Vertical Chandelier.

This article originally featured on The Local ProjectWritten by Lauren Jones.

Malvern East by Wyk Architecture
wykarchitecture.com.au

 

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