“The Mullet,” designed by March Studio, is an extension to a home in Melbourne, Australia, that accommodates the request from the owners, to have a contemporary family home with a challenging design, so they could show-off the capabilities of their construction company.
Situated in Melbourne’s inner-city suburb of Kensington, ‘The Mullet’ is short at the front and long at the back just like a mullet. The clients, wanted to commission not only a new and comfortable home, but also sought a challenging design. Running a family business in construction, Scott and Phoebe’s own home would become an opportunity for them to showcase their own capabilities.
A Heritage overlay shaped the design for the front of the dwelling, requiring that the cottage facade and first few rooms flanking Hardiman Street be retained and renovated, (red roof and all.) This is where the formality is, the face to the heritage land of Eastwood Street blends seamlessly with its cottage neighbours. Three bedrooms and two bathrooms are resolved into the pre-determined Edwardian shell, freeing up the new extension for the living areas.
The new extension is not meant to be sympathetic to an older style but rather been shaped by the clients’ brief, solar access and one of Melbourne’s best views back onto the city.