Zen Architects replace a poor-quality extension from the ’80s with one that celebrates natural materials and outdoor connection.

A catwalk connects the two bedrooms upstairs without impeding the flow of light in the main area. The staircase is composed of structural steel with a painted finish, and blackbutt treads and handrail.

When an existing Victorian home sited in the Botanic Gardens precinct of inner Melbourne needed a revamp to better access light and views, Zen Architects had just the solution—a 1,453-square-foot addition. The team envisioned an extension that would “utilize the concepts of living in a garden and gathering under a roof.” Scroll ahead to see the fascinating results of what Zen Architects refer to as Project Nymph.

The front facade and 538-square-feet of the original home, built around 1900, was kept intact.

During the renovation, the front facade and 538-square-foot original home, which was built around 1900, was all kept intact.

Photo: Derek Swalwell



At the rear of the property, a two-story extension was added, including the open concept kitchen and dining area seen here, as well as bathrooms, bedrooms, and a lounge area.

At the rear of the property, the team added a two-story extension, which included this open-concept kitchen and dining area, as well as bathrooms, bedrooms, and a lounge area.

Photo: Derek Swalwell

A catwalk connects the two bedrooms upstairs without impeding the flow of light in the main area. The staircase is composed of structural steel with a painted finish, and blackbutt treads and handrail.

Now, a catwalk connects the two bedrooms upstairs without impeding the flow of light in the main area. The staircase is composed of structural steel with a painted finish, and features blackbutt treads and handrails.

Photo: Derek Swalwell

See the full story on Dwell.com: A Sleek Addition Lets a Melbourne Home and Garden Freely Merge

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