folded roofs sensitive home renovation in melbourne by timmins+whyte

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thought and designed by timmins+whyte

“True to our design philosophy, this is a thoughtfully designed home, improving the lives of our customers tenfold”says australian architecture studio timmins+whyte about it renovation in melbourne. nicknamed ’10 fold house’, the renovated house residence does not shout from the rooftops with showy additions, but rather humbly enhances the “tenfold” customer living spaces with a delicate balance of luxury and playfulness, intimacy and openness.

pictures of peter bennetts

a significant overhaul

located in the melbourne suburb of abbotsford, the existing accommodation is a single fronted edwardian house behind a white picket fence. timmins+whyte retained the original building footprint and one-storey massing at the front of the site, retaining the architectural character of the house and the street layout. during the extensive rebuild, the architects also retained the original brick wall, which now runs the full length of the house and is highlighted by crisp white plaster.

a folded roof tops this sensible home renovation in melbourne by timmins+whyte
the brick wall of the original house is retained and framed in crisp white plaster

luxury where it counts

towards the middle and rear of the 10-ply house, the team added a two-story volume with a roof that folds in and out to bring natural light deep inside of the floor plan. this folded, asymmetrical roof plan was also designed in relation to neighboring properties, as it folds east and rises west.

the social heart of the house is now located at the rear of the house and opens onto the rear garden. this open concept kitchen, dining room and living room benefits from both intimate spaces and high ceilings. it is also bathed in wonderful natural light thanks to the extensively glazed rear elevation and skylight.

natural wood and light-colored surfaces complement the light and airy renovation. the house also features handpicked artwork and a stunning stained glass screen in the stairwell. ‘The 10 Times House is humble, playful and provides luxury moments where it counts,’ said timmins + why.

a folded roof tops this sensible home renovation in melbourne by timmins+whyte
the new dining and living area benefits from a high ceiling height

a folded roof tops this sensible home renovation in melbourne by timmins+whyte
wood and light colored finishes dominate the interior

a folded roof tops this sensible home renovation in melbourne by timmins+whyte
the new dining ear complete with corner seats in blush colored fabric upholstery

a folded roof tops this sensible home renovation in melbourne by timmins+whyte
the social heart of the house extends outside to the garden

a folded roof tops this sensible home renovation in melbourne by timmins+whyte
the new rear elevation of ’10 fold house’

project info:

Name: house 10 times

location: abbotsford, melbourne, australia

architecture: timmins+why

construction: more projects

photography: peter bennett | @peterbbennetts

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