The old adage of the worst house in the best street applied to this property in St Kilda. Built in the eighties without much apparent concern for the existing context of the existing Georgian and Edwardian villas that dominate this area the existing two-storey red brick house stood out in the street for all the wrong reasons.

The project is one part elegant wallpaper and one part form making using the bones of the original house. The existing brick is covered with a light grey textured render and battens applied over the bay window, now reduced in height to bring the scale of the bay in line with the height of the façade.

To reside in a neighbourhood often requires a neighbourly face and a neighbourly disposition, the owners of this house while now enjoying the comforts of their home are also happy with the face they present to the street.

Short listed in the 2012 Victorian Architecture Awards

Photos by Anthony Basheer

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