Designed by Matt Gibson Architecture

Tucked down a still gritty one-way street in rapidly gentrifying Richmond, just a hop, step and a kick from the 'G (Melbourne Cricket Ground), is this compact double-fronted cottage. Called Shakin' Stevens Residence, the house is similar in vintage and style to others on the street, the pastel green exterior is a bit of a giveaway that something is going on behind that lime green door...

Shakin' Stevens Residence Urban Homes, Heritage, Bold Colours, Lunchbox Architect on Instagram, Exterior

Shakin' Stevens Residence Timber Floors

Shakin' Stevens Residence Bedrooms, Bold Colours

The aim of the project wasn't just to increase floor area, they owners also wanted to increase the sense of light, space and functionality of their home. And when they said they wanted feel connected to 'green' space, architect Matt Gibson took that very literally. The lime green door is just the beginning.

Shakin' Stevens Residence Courtyards, Timber Floors, White Kitchens, Skylights, Kitchens, Bold Colours

Shakin' Stevens Residence White Kitchens, Kitchens, Bold Colours

Shakin' Stevens Residence Pendant Lighting, Dining Areas

Once you step inside, the house opens up before you, "conceptually beyond this green door, there are no doors; the newer space is about flow and continuity", the architect explains. It's a very different feeling than you usually get in homes of this era.

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Shakin' Stevens Residence Open Plan Living, Timber Floors, Arco Lamp, Kitchens, Lounge Suites, Bold Colours

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The extension is separated from the original home by an internal courtyard and a staircase. The new building is composed of three cube-like forms which are stacked (or perhaps, rolled) on top of each other to define spaces while still allowing light and breezes in. Open at their end or sides, the cubes direct views towards greenery, be it natural or man-made. The original home, picked out in pastel green, peeks through to contrast with crips white and various shades of green. The architect describes it as the monopoly house and the dice and it's easy to see why.

Shakin' Stevens Residence Staircases

Shakin' Stevens Residence Bedrooms

Shakin' Stevens Residence Urban Homes, Bedrooms, Armchairs

Shakin' Stevens Residence Pendant Lighting, Bathrooms, Basins

Shakin' Stevens Residence Bathrooms, Showers, Toilet Suites

Shakin' Stevens Residence Bathrooms, Basins, Toilet Suites

Crisp detailing means the three cubes appear not to touch and materials continue unhindered through thresholds. This helps the structure bleed into the surrounds. Open up the sliding glass doors and the inside becomes part of the outdoors.

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Shakin' Stevens Residence White Houses, Outdoor Areas, Timber Deck

The home isn't just green on the outside. It incorporates a number of passive design principles to ensure it's energy efficient and environmentally friendly, while still being comfortable to live in. Siting, sun protection, thermal mass, insulation and capturing light and breezes for passive temperature regulation were all integrated into the design. Meanwhile, a grey water system and two water storage tanks ensure the home's no water wally. See, it is easy being green!

Shakin' Stevens Residence

Shakin' Stevens Residence Courtyards, Bold Colours

Shakin' Stevens Residence Pendant Lighting, Dining Areas

Shakin' Stevens Residence Timber Floors, Dining Areas

Shakin' Stevens Residence feels fresh, bright and vibrant - a strong departure from the gritty lane the home sits in. The renovation also defies expectations about what a Victorian-era home in Melbourne's inner-city should look and feel like. Open and free-flowing, this green extension is sure to inspire and delight.

Shakin' Stevens Residence House Plans

Shakin' Stevens Residence House Plans

Shakin' Stevens Residence

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