The Hardiman Street extension developed by ODR architects in Melbourne, Australia is the first stage of a larger project which will eventually see the original double-plot, single-title property developed into multiple typologies for inner suburban living. Heritage controls defined the existing layout to an extent. Existing bedrooms were retained as the front two rooms, followed by a new bathroom/laundry and kitchen. This left the living room as the remaining space, defined by the previously concealed chimney that is now a celebrated feature with a clear connection to the newly defined courtyard at the rear.

Material selection and composition followed the methodology, with recycled timber floors in a natural finish and laser-cut steel sliding doors in a natural, oxidised finish. New internal wall linings are crisply supported by sharp, steel shadow line details in a clean and simplistic manner. Day lighting was addressed by introducing skylights to a once dark passageway and to new ancillary areas in the bathroom/laundry and kitchen. These areas feature mirrored finishes to several joinery items, including the laundry, fridge and kitchen, and bathroom splashbacks that reflect space and light into honest, functional spaces. [Photography: Armelle Habib; Press release provided via e-mail by ODR architects]