Visual Connection Between New and Old: Fitzroy House by Techne Architects
Fitzroy House, completed in 2011 by Techne Architects is a spectacular harmonious dream home integrating artworks and other personal items with sentimental value into a design that exudes boldness and character. The owners, a young family from Fitzroy, Australia, were looking to refresh some aspects of their life, so they started with remodelling and enhancing their house. Placed at the intersection of old and new, the venue comprises areas for for living, social interaction and working.
“Built behind the heritage façade of a landmark property in Melbourne’s Fitzroy, this project retains and restores the original frontage while adding a rear addition with three levels of new living space. Conceptually, the design deals with the intersection of the old and the new through differing modes of visual connection and threshold.” Three levels of new living spaces were added. Regular windows were replaced with glass panels to allow more sun and warmth inside the house. Playfulness, vitality and colours started contaminating the entire house. Many layers of the house were engulfed by the modern add-ons. New fabrics and textures enhance coziness throughout the house.