A strategic reworking of an old Victorian cottage, St Kilda Residence optimises the home’s compact floor plate, forging connections between previously isolated spaces. Pared-back design interventions sit alongside ornamental and decorative features, skilfully mediating the character of the old with the restraint of the new.
Upon entry, the home’s previously discrete rooms are combined into a free-flowing space for living and dining. Natural oak flooring, oak veneer cladding, concrete and white marble craft a spirit of warm minimalism. A decorative bay window is thoughtfully retained, contrasted by a broad glazed pivot door that invites light entry from the rear courtyard.
Throughout, spatial gestures serve dual purposes, tightening the composition of space. An oak-lined stair is widened to accommodate a kitchen service wall, an existing recess is occupied by a fluted banquette seat with storage below, and a floating concrete fireplace hearth doubles as a plinth for art and objects. Above, the first-floor layout is rearranged to accommodate an additional bedroom, while maintaining a generously scaled master suite.