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No. 4 House is what we jokingly call a ‘house mullet.’ From the front it appears to be your typical semi-detached, 19th century Victorian, but from the back, it’s completely modern with a brand-new addition. Along with the addition, the two-story, Hawthorn, Australia residence was renovated by Bryant Alsop to open the interior up for a more modern layout, as well as bringing in more daylight.

Considering the modest lot size, they were able to give the home four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a powder room/laundry room, a study/sitting room, a kitchen with a walk-in pantry, a living room, dining room, parking, an outdoor shed, and a garden area just off the living room.

Overall, the interior is fairly monochromatic for a bright, contemporary feel that’s topped off with subtle uses of color, like blues and greens. Warm oak floors ground the mostly white space while adding texture.

Photos by Ben Wrigley.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.