The were two key goals for the transformation of this interwar McKinnon, Melbourne house: create a cohesive design that sensitively references its original art deco architecture throughout, and connect the interiors to the backyard.
Megowan architects designed the project, taking cues and materials from the existing home and introducing them to the new and revived spaces.
The new addition comprises a new sunken lounge that navigates the sloping block to connect the front of the home to the backyard. Brick flooring enhances the connection between the new and old areas of the home, while creating a seamless transition between indoors and out.
‘Initially, the clients were hesitant about our suggestion of using brick paving inside, but we were able to earn their trust and demonstrate a shared vision for the space,’ says Christopher Megowan, founding director of Megowan. ‘The resulting living area feels rich and inviting, perfectly bridging the indoor spaces with the outdoor garden, alfresco, and pool.’
A new outdoor pergola mirrors the curving form and white trims of the front exterior, while the use of red veined marble and cardinal-coloured metalwork ties in with the extensive brickwork.
Other features that reference the home’s original architecture include skirting tiles, bench seating, and joinery that behaves in the same way as dado rails and mouldings found in the front rooms.
‘There are certainly Scandinavian and mid-century modern influences as well. These can be found in the light oaks, clerestory windows, long skylights, exposed timber rafters, and generally in the sunken living area,’ says Christopher.
The clients are delighted by the transformation of the home that surprises all those who enter. ‘According to them, guests’ reactions build to a crescendo by the time they reach the back room and realise the full impact of the works undertaken,’ says Christopher.
The successful project is a case for extending art deco homes in a sympathetic manner that truly respects and references their architectural origins.