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Modern Addition Breathes New Life Into Terrace House in Australia

The creative team at Carr Design Group gave this Edwardian terrace house in Melbourne, Australia, a modern two-story extension. The Cube House project was designed for a young couple and their two children.

“The couple purchased the site with the intention of creating something extraordinary,” the architects said. “Living in the house for two years gave them a better understanding of the type of spaces they wanted to inhabit — spaces with an emphasis on raw materials, natural light and a sense of openness.”

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The modern addition consists of two rectangular concrete volumes stacked behind the original home. The upper level cantilevers over the bottom floor, creating a partially covered outdoor area. The main floor features open-plan living areas.

“Referencing the external facade, the kitchen is monolithic in form with plenty of storage,” the architects said. “Floor-to-ceiling glass doors frame the back garden, blurring the threshold between inside and out.”
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The simple color palette in gray, white and black is in tune with the minimalist furniture and decor. This approach sets the tone for a bright and spacious home.

“In contrast to the open spaces downstairs, the new master bedroom wing is a play of contrasts; it is big yet intimate, enclosed but open, luxurious and minimal,” the architects said. [Photos and information provided by Carr Design Group]

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