Industrial Elements in an ideal Design Composition: Hardiman Street Extension

The Hardiman Street extension developed by ODR architects in Melbourne, Australia is the primary stage of a bigger project so one can eventually see the unique double-plot, single-title property developed into multiple typologies for inner suburban living. Heritage controls defined the present layout to an extent. Existing bedrooms were retained because the front two rooms, followed by a brand new bathroom/laundry and kitchen. This left the lounge because the remaining space, defined by the previously concealed chimney that may be now a celebrated feature with a transparent connection to the newly defined courtyard on the rear.
Material selection and composition followed the methodology, with recycled timber floors in a natural finish and laser-cut steel sliding doors in a natural, oxidised finish. New internal wall linings are crisply supported by sharp, steel shadow line details in a clean and simplistic manner. Day lighting was addressed by introducing skylights to a once dark passageway and to new ancillary areas within the bathroom/laundry and kitchen. These areas feature mirrored finishes to several joinery items, including the laundry, fridge and kitchen, and loo splashbacks that reflect space and lightweight into honest, functional spaces. [Photography: Armelle Habib; Press release provided via e-mail by ODR architects]