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The Kooyong House by Matt Gibson Gives Flair to a Heritage Home

By: Amelia Roblin - Published: May 7, 2011 • References: mattgibson.au and contemporist
From the sidewalk, this dwelling may seem to blend in with its 100-year-old neighboring homes, but the Kooyong House by Matt Gibson Architecture is packing quite the contemporary punch out back.

The goal of the project was to revamp the existing Victorian residence east of downtown Melbourne, and in doing so, add a very modern addition that would cause no confusion regarding the structure's original state. The small single-story dwelling was given an open concept extension, and joined by means of a glass walled tunnel. The second storey breaks free from the ornate yet orderly manner of the heritage home, and is completely clad with curving walls of wooden beams. The Kooyong House by Matt Gibson Architecture is a microcosm for the larger stylistic transition that the Australian city is experiencing.