A Non-Traditional Home in Melbourne with an Industrial History

08.14.20 | By
A Non-Traditional Home in Melbourne with an Industrial History

Three Stories North isn’t a typical project as the non-traditional home has an industrial past with several renovations previously done to it. Splinter Society Architecture was hired to transform the building into a home while bringing out the original character and making it the primary focus. One of the larger parts of the project was to uncover the brick construction which helps give the home its warehouse aesthetic.

Many of the original features, like the arched doors and fireplaces, were saved and returned to use. Imperfections in the brick walls were kept adding character to the new space.

At some point, the property was made up of two townhouses separated by a masonry wall spanning all three floors. Now opened up, the wall acts as the axis for circulation between each of the floors with the staircase hanging from it.

The house is divided into three sections – half making up the public areas, a quarter for the private spots, and a quarter left as the massive open void that offers views to the three stories and entryway.

The front of the house remains traditional while the new entry courtyard favors modern with its three-story glass wall. The glass facade brings much needed natural light into the interior. An oversized front door was made from 140-year-old wooden joists saved during the demolition.

The private areas are designed to be much cozier than the rest of the house with black details, and recycled wood used to warm the spaces up.

Photos by Sharyn Cairns.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief 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.