Wood paneling is often the first sign that a home is dated and in need of a modern touch. However, that’s not the case with the Fenwick Street House by Julie Firkin Architects. Largely composed of panels of wood, the home is elegant, minimal, and has a uniquely retro look.
Application of the wooden panels gives the original weatherboard cottage a hint of modernity, while retaining the original structure’s classic charm. The 1,130 square foot home in Clifton Hill, Victoria, Australia, also boasts an equally eye-catching series of overlapping spatial volumes, which were influenced by home’s oddly shaped lot. Form follows function though, as both light and space are maximized through the clustered blocks.
The overhanging upper level, while providing visual interest from the outside, also helps channel light into the living spaces year-round. The overhang is also useful for lending shade to the lower level in the hot summer.
The project consisted of a two-level addition that included a bedroom suite, dining areas and a new kitchen. Inside, a mix of timber, concrete, and clean white surfaces, lend a contemporarily feel to this otherwise cabin-like addition.