WiThin House is a 19th century townhouse located in Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia, redesigned in 2021 by SG2 Architects + Interiors.


This project involved proposed alterations and additions to an existing 19th century townhouse in Fitzroy. The house lies within a Unesco world heritage listed area and was in a state of dis-repair.

A new two-storey addition was proposed at early stages, to replace the rear section of the house and increase main living areas. The proposal included a green roof and enclosed courtyard garden, to provide a pleasant outlook and sense of “green retreat” within the heavily urbanized context.

Zinc and recycled red bricks were the main materials proposed, to reinforce and sympathize with the heritage surrounds. A restricted colour palette was introduced for the exteriors, partly inspired by Piet Mondrian’s artworks and compositions.

The house was ultimately restored to it’s former glory, integrating modern features and comforts.

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