a compact addition – Melbourne

Tetris Extension in Melbourne’s inner north-west is a compact addition completed in early this year. The clients, a young couple with two small children, had outgrown their neat Californian bungalow and needed more room to move. Crosshatch was engaged to create a sympathetic yet efficient rear extension to meet the family’s needs, while still retaining the much-loved character of the original two-bedroom home. The existing floor plan was also reconfigured to provide a third bedroom, additional bathroom and central lounge.
The simplicity of the resulting extension belies a high level of multi- functionalism that considers every aspect of the site and its surrounds. Crosshatch’s most compelling is the efficient use of 45 square metres of additional floor space to comfortably accommodate a new kitchen, dining area and laundry.
Capturing northern light was a priority for the south-facing extension. This was achieved with the introduction of a central courtyard and strategically positioned windows.
The extension appears much bigger than it actually is, due in no small part to the interior’s minimalist arrangement, even light penetration and strong relationship to the outdoors. Bringing the outside in was important to both the clients and Crosshatch Co-founders Jaime Diaz-Berrio and Mark Allan and it’s made possible through the dining area’s large picture window with deep reveals and bi-fold glass doors that open to the central courtyard.

Photos Jamie Diaz Berrio

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