Project Client, Patrick Jost Save this picture!© Andrew Wuttke & Project Client+ 23 Share St Kilda House / Jost ArchitectsSave this projectSaveSt Kilda House / Jost Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/614671/st-kilda-house-jost-architects Clipboard “COPY” Area: 238 m² Area: 238 m² Photographs Architects: Jost Architects Area Area of this architecture project Bacchus Construction ArchDaily Interior: Projects “COPY” Builder: CopyHouses, Renovation•Saint Kilda, Australia Australia Houses photographs: Andrew Wuttke & Project ClientPhotographs: Andrew Wuttke & Project Client Budget:$450,000 AUDArchitect In Charge:Patrick JostCity:Saint KildaCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Andrew Wuttke & Project ClientText description provided by the architects. The project was the complete revival of small home on death’s door. Other than applying the standard functional and aesthetic requirements of a small family within their financial considerations, urgent architectural CPR was required. Despite the misgivings of others, the clients’ and project team recognised an opportunity to create a unique home, embracing the history of the building and meeting the obvious challenges with excitement.Save this picture!© Andrew Wuttke & Project ClientThe council Heritage Overlay meant that the original, severely dilapidated Singapore Cottage prefab, built in the 1850s could not be “bowled over” (the first thought of every person who ventured into the house); instead it was lovingly retained. Part of the enjoyment of the process for everyone involved was learning about its past life, something which I often ignored, not intentionally, by concentrating on the “new part” of a project where an old building is refurbished and extended. The framing was marked with Roman Numerals to enable it be put together after it being shipped and delivered on site and to be taken down and relocated if required. There were layers of building linings both inside and out such as wallpaper from the 1870s and roof shingles under the corrugated iron sheeting as they were peeled away There were many theories on what the building was actually used as many years ago, a general store, a halfway house for farmers and travellers or potentially a brothel due to this profession’s history in the suburb its located in.Save this picture!Floor PlanThe first challenge was to overcome the limited site size – 238m2 – in order to fit the brief, which called for an open plan living, dining, kitchen, rumpus room, bathroom, walk in pantry, walk in laundry, master bedroom, ensuite, walk in robe, 2nd and 3rd bedrooms and an outdoor area. This was accomplished by building around “the back yard” in a “U” shape facing north. Materials and finishes were selected to be hard-wearing and maintenance-free, to endure the enthusiastic creativity of young children, while remaining sympathetic to adult sensibilities. The group objective was to create a highly contemporary space with enduring and classic features. Save this picture!© Andrew Wuttke & Project ClientA neglected and universally overlooked property has been transformed into a clever, modern home. The spaces combine both classic and modern materials and finishes – such as clean white cork flooring, white acrylic bench tops and white fittings – with less ubiquitous, yet equally appealing ones, like the striking orange, studded rubber flooring, original 1870s layered wallpaper , and rustic recycled messmate timber boards. Rather than create dissonance, the contrasts work extremely well together, forming a minimalistic and simple aesthetic with a controlled contrast of colour and texture.Save this picture!© Andrew Wuttke & Project ClientThe process delivered an outcome that, after comparing the original decaying building with the completed project, is both impressive and surprising; It is clean yet interesting, preserves its colourful antiquity whilst being progressive, and functions incredibly well, considering the site’s spatial constraints. The home pushes boundaries with purpose; it is a unique home yet is very easy to embrace and is in no danger of dating.Save this picture!© Andrew Wuttke & Project ClientThe considerable discussions during the design and documentation process, which included the implementation of specific sustainable choices, ultimately came down to prioritising items based on cost and value for money, as is very often the case with smaller projects. Save this picture!SectionConsiderations included long-lasting and durable sustainable materials. Such as cork and rubber flooring and recycled timber cladding, the use of hydronic heating and the omission of air conditioning. The planning and structural co-ordination endeavoured to minimise the use of steel, favouring timber framing through sensible spans and cantilevers. But ultimately what stood out in terms of sustainability, was the common sense application of standard, good thermally passive design techniques.Save this picture!© Andrew Wuttke & Project ClientThe project replaces a sad, disintegrating building with a house that the clients love coming home to. The simple aesthetic of the façade concealing something exciting behind, generates a curiosity in passers-by, who are often found marvelling at its blend of history and restoration with interest. It has given another 100+ years to a house that has already done 165.Save this picture!© Andrew Wuttke & Project ClientProject gallerySee allShow lessIs Housing at the Root of Inequality?Architecture NewsOpposition Mounts Against David Chipperfield’s Nobel Center in StockholmArchitecture News Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/614671/st-kilda-house-jost-architects Clipboard St Kilda House / Jost Architects CopyAbout this officeJost ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationSaint KildaHousesRefurbishmentRenovationAustraliaPublished on April 01, 2015Cite: “St Kilda House / Jost Architects” 01 Apr 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.