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Melbourne Terrace

In the inner-Melbourne suburb of Richmond, architects Robert Nichol & Sons have transformed a 1980s mock Italianate terrace into a modern home that draws in natural light. The rebuild retained the original front and rear walls, along with a waffle slab cement ceiling, while the rest of the “confusing and over-constructed” interior was removed.

Melbourne Terrace — Softer Volumes
Melbourne Terrace — Softer Volumes
Melbourne Terrace — Softer Volumes

The addition of a large central lightwell was key to brightening neglected areas of the site. “The sacrifice of precious floor area was a carefully debated consideration but one that has paid off, and as a result light streams into areas that were previously dark,” explained the architects.

Melbourne Terrace — Softer Volumes
Melbourne Terrace — Softer Volumes

A curved, timber textured wall draws you deep into the house’s interrior, while also conceiling a powder room and stairs.

The use of a deep colour on this wall is vivid and intentional; the wall becomes an object in its own right, and stands as a connecting feature from front to rear.

– Robert Nichol & Sons
Melbourne Terrace — Softer Volumes
Melbourne Terrace — Softer Volumes
Melbourne Terrace — Softer Volumes

Dark oak flooring is complemented by bluestone, polished and sandblasted concrete and exposed steel beams to round out the beautifully reconstructed interior.

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