This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

An Awe-Inspiring Heritage Renovation

Architecture

A drive through the Australian suburbs can be enlivened by a game of ‘spot the add on renovation.’ A bingo of pop-tops!

The York Street Residence by Jackson Clements Burrows extends the typology of the addition, in a heritage context. The architects weave connection between old and new through innovative brickwork and clever material application.

22nd February, 2019

The York Street House by Jackson Clements Burrows. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

Brick and concrete in the York Street House living room. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

A hint of the ‘hit and miss’ brickwork in the courtyard. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

The new extension makes clever use of the space available. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

The sculptural staircase is a key feature of this stunning home. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

The ‘hit-and-miss’ brickwork connects the pre-existing building with the new extension. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

An arresting angle at the York Street Home. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

A subdued material palette has been used throughout the home. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

A study nook makes use of an interstitial space between levels of the home. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

A brightly lit kitchen, balanced with black cabinetry. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

Kitchen details for the York Street House. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

Sharp lines the the bathroom. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

Bathroom details in the York Street House. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

Photo – Derek Swalwell.

A clean and serene bedroom, with details of the grid brickwork illuminating the space. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

A clever new addition. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

Miriam McGarry
Friday 22nd February 2019

‘The transformation cleverly captures the texture, craft and quality of the surrounding architecture through its modest palette of brick, steel, timber and glass ‘ – Rob Majcen.

The York Street Residence by Jackson Clements Burrows takes a joyful approach to the classic ‘pop-top’ or ‘box on the back’ suburban renovation. Architect Rob Majcen explains the design as a ‘nimble and sensitive response’ to the heritage context, as well as facilitating new and highly liveable spaces for the owners to inhabit.

Rob describes the client brief as ‘expansive and challenging’, but an opportunity that the architects fully embraced. The architects followed the form of the existing gables of the heritage building, and creating a glazed link between the old and new addition. This link is peppered with ‘hit-and-miss’ brickwork, that carries the heritage materials into the contemporary section.

The ambitious plans were accommodated by introducing a sunken living space in the rear of the site, exploiting the potential of the site’s significant fall. From here, a sculptural staircase invites the occupants up to a landing study nook, ‘set under a folding origami timber-lined ceiling.’ The first floor contains bedrooms and a bathroom that are illuminated by a full length skylight.

Rob emphasises the mindset of the clients in facilitating this ambitious and striking design. He explains ‘the client was fixated on value rather than cost, which allowed a flexible approach to decision making.’ This willingness to invest in quality design has resulted in an architectural outcome that transcends an excel spreadsheet!

View Comments

Similar Stories

Architecture

Bunker Down In This NSW Coast Beach House

A home that offers seclusion and connection in equal measure, by Clayton Orszaczky architects.
Miriam McGarry

Architecture

The Dream Dinner Party Home

An expansive and refined coastal property designed with entertaining in mind, by Planned Living Architects.
Miriam McGarry

Architecture

An Eternally Contemporary Holiday Home

The incredible Palm Beach House, by Sydney architecture firm Alexander and Co.
Miriam McGarry

This Week

TDF Design Awards

The Emerging Designers In The Running To WIN At The TDF Design Awards

Seven of Australia's most accomplished new designers and emerging design studios, in the running to WIN at TDF Design Awards!

Gardens

A Robust Rooftop Garden In Rozelle

Klaus and Anne Schindhelm share their expansive apartment 'backyard' with spectacular water views!
Georgina Reid
  11 hours ago

Studio Visit

The Story Behind Our One-Of-A-Kind Awards Trophies

How glass artist Amanda Dziedzic created the exquisite glass trophies we'll be awarding to the TDF Design Award winners tonight!

TDF Design Awards

And Winners Of The TDF Design Awards Are...

After celebrating last night at our fabulous awards ceremony, we are so excited to announce the WINNERS of the TDF Design Awards 2019!

Homes

Plant Mama’s Plant Haven!

Green guru Jenna Holmes aka Plant Mama shares her Collingwood jungle home.

Modernist Australia

A Robin Boyd Bushland Block Up For Sale!

A classic home by Australia's most loved modernist architect, the 'Uglow House' in Montmorency is on the market for a steal!
Patricia Callan

Food

Julia Busuttil Nishimura's Seasonal Flavours: Spring Greens with Ricotta

Our favourite foodie is back with another must-cook dish! Today, the self-taught cook shares her recipe for a simple crowd-pleasing starter....
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

News

The Archibald Arrives At TarraWarra

Australia’s oldest and most prestigious art award comes to Victoria, featuring portraits of 51 subjects.
Miriam McGarry

Interiors

A Swedish Summer Cottage In South Australia

Emma Read and Sarah Hall of My Sister And The Sea create a cosy cottage getaway on the edge of the Innes National Park.
Miriam McGarry

Creative People

The New Australian Furniture Brand That ‘Won’t Break The Bank’

The new Peninsula furniture range by Jake Williamson aims to make local design accessible.
Lucy Feagins
  3 hours ago

Interiors

Apartment Life, Furnished Right!

Simone Haag Interior Design transforms a tiny apartment in Clifton Hill into a fun and functional space.
Miriam McGarry

Studio Visit

The Art Of Daydreaming, Captured In A New Exhibition By Kat Macleod

Inside ‘Reverist’, a new body of work that goes on show at Lamington Drive tonight!
Elle Murrell

Architecture

A Modern Country Home Inspired By The Aussie Shed

The Wensleydale by Byrne Architects is the epitome of luxe, contemporary country living - and you can stay here!
Miriam McGarry

Art

Influential Australian Women Star In National Portrait Prize Shortlist

Nova Peris, Magda Szubankski, Annabel Crabb and other icons grace the paintings in the running for Australia's richest art prize, the 2019 D...
Elle Murrell

Shopping

Ten Things Lucy Loved At Maison & Objet In Paris!

Lucy shares the top ten picks from her whirlwind trip to Paris, for Maison & Objet, the premier trade fair for decoration, design and lifest...

Similar Stories

Architecture

Bunker Down In This NSW Coast Beach House

A home that offers seclusion and connection in equal measure, by Clayton Orszaczky architects.
Miriam McGarry

Architecture

The Dream Dinner Party Home

An expansive and refined coastal property designed with entertaining in mind, by Planned Living Architects.
Miriam McGarry

Architecture

An Eternally Contemporary Holiday Home

The incredible Palm Beach House, by Sydney architecture firm Alexander and Co.
Miriam McGarry