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Bell Street Bluestone
Project Description

This project began in 2016 and the kitchen was completed in 2020

2016 – This is an extension to a historically significant bluestone dwelling located in Fitzroy, to provide the owner with a co-joined but self-contained separate residence. The brief required that the north facing private open space be retained to be shared by both the dwellings and the large existing elm tree not suffers from the addition of new works.

2020 – It was a conscious decision to make the Kitchen the heart of this bluestone home once again – Over the last 130 years this cottage has had kitchens that reflect the times-
Originally in the 1850’s the outside Kitchen, cooking was done in a large oversized chimney with lean to- The meals would have been served to the extended family, on what was then a small farm lot.
As the neighbours came closer the Kitchen moved too.
At last count there was the trace of 5 kitchen in this house. 1950’s kitchen, a 60’s institutional one, the bones of a 1980’s Kitchen and even a new Kitchenette dating from 2014-
This home deserved better- the first Kitchen lasted over 100 years- Why shouldn’t the new Kitchen last as long!

Through a considered process the final architectural form was modelled through floor yield, protecting views and the aim to contrast. As the heritage dwelling is anchored to the north/west of the site, the subsequent additions unfold toward the south/east – the resulting form is clearly contemporary with materials expressed through angular planes.

As a further deference to the original dwelling it was decided to use only natural materials to the exterior of the additions so that over time just as the bluestone has aged and acquired its patina so too would the additions. Anthracite zinc, Ironbark shiplap and concrete render along with hardwood window frames will all take on a varied weathered look over time, and ensure that the 2 dwellings sit harmoniously despite the contrast in architectural forms.

Completed: 2020, 2016
Location: Fitzroy, Melbourne Australia


Interior: Robert Nichol & sons
Photography: Damien Kook Jonathan Ng