The renovation of Fitzroy Residence by Carr Design Group effortlessly marries two architectural influences — a refined industrial aesthetic and traditional Victorian architecture.
In many ways, the story behind this inner-city renovation is a common one: a young family had spent the past five years living in a dark two-story terrace and wanted to make it lighter and more accommodating for their two young children.
Although inner-urban projects of this type usually stick to a formula, Carr’s approach is far from generic. While the floor plan of the house is what one might expect, the subtle detailing and robust forms reveal a deep consideration and design intellect.
Behind an idyllic heritage-listed facade is a spatial arrangement typical of the period: a formal living room and study are arranged off a hallway at the front, before opening up to an open plan kitchen, dining, and living area typical of contemporary terrace refurbishments.
The treatment of an existing light well ensures an engaging connection between the old and new sections of the house. From the study it also offers views through to the rear garden and living spaces.
The semi-industrial detailing of the immediate vicinity is referenced in the steel framed windows and projecting steel canopies. The architectural expression of projecting steel portals also helps to limit the penetration of hot western sun.
The palette is intentionally achromic with natural timber, calacatta marble, and ebonized veneer providing a backdrop to the owner’s contemporary art collection.
Framed and borrowed views, guided by a refined industrial aesthetic, are rooted in the Fitzroy context while staying true to Carr Design principles.