House with a Sense of the Past
In any renovation project, it's all too easy to 'plasterboard' over history -- erasing much of the charm and character of the original building in the process. House Eadie by Tribe Studio proves it's possible to retain a sense of history while integrating new, multifunctional spaces for contemporary living.
The renovation of this heritage-listed inner-city worker's cottage manages to resist the temptation to "beautify" the existing building. Rather than trying to bring the existing building in line with the renovation, remnants of the past are revealed and retained.
A wrought-iron picket fence, cracks on the verandah and a lop-sided window sill are quirks that make the building unique. These quirks of the original house are retained. From the street it looks just like all the neighbors with varying degrees of wear and tear signifying the history of the home. There's no charcoal paint finish or modern galvanized fence to bring the house up to modern standards. Instead, imperfections -- dribbled paint on the stained glass windows and poorly laid bricks -- are deliberately retained.
Revealing the Past
A poor '70s renovation and years of rental abuse left the house dilapidated and unlivable. Tribe Studio's strategy was to reveal the original building fabric and retain irregularities that make the house unique. Original brickwork is painted, harmonizing the contrasts between old and new.
The house needed to be toddler friendly, yet suitable for entertaining adults. Plenty of storage, separate areas for play and adult activities and a good connection between indoors and outdoors make a space that is perfect for kids and adults.
A corner courtyard is connected to the L-shaped living area. Sliding glass doors seamlessly connect the spaces to the outdoors.
Fibre Cement Floor
Sealed fibre cement floors are a hard-wearing and attractive flooring solution. Combined with a white and timber palette, House Eadie is an historical house that is brought into the present with lightness and brightness.
Folding Timber Shutters
A folding timber timber screen shields clerestory windows from harsh west light. When open, they reveal stunning views of treetops while still providing space for storage.
Respect for the Past
House Eadie respects the past, without whitewashing it or sacrificing clean, modern spaces for a family. It demonstrates a sensitive approach to historical buildings. Now, the house is perfect for modern living and maintains a sense of its history and charm.