Architect: A for Architecture 2015
East | R16
Valiant House is a contemporary transformation to the much-loved workers cottage. Characteristically dark and narrow, with a rear bathroom providing the only view outside, the original house has been reimagined into a light-filled two-storey home to support comfortable family living.
Situated on the smallest block in a narrow street, the house has been redesigned to suit a growing family, with space and flexibility in mind. A key challenge was to inject light and openness into the compact inner-city block. High ceilings, light wells, skylights and a connection to the once closed-off rear garden dominate the new home.
A celebration of old and new, the original front has been completely retained, with the old glue, cracks and nails of the brick boundary walls retained under a new coat of paint. The back of the house features one large open space that stretches the full width of the site. An innovative central timber-clad “box” cleverly controls circulation within the open plan rear, while seamlessly integrating all storage, appliances, and even the family bathroom.
Abbotsford, full address available on booking
Tour led by architect/owner will give a tour of the house. Visitors will have access to all parts of the house.
Need to Know
Open: Saturday 27 July 10am–1.30pm
Tour Type: Bookings Required, $5
Tour Details: Tours at 10am, 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, running 20 minutes in groups of 16.
Access: Limited mobility, all ages.
Notes: Shoes off at door
Building Type: Residential
Architecture Era: Contemporary (2001- current)
Transport: Bus stop: Trenerry Cr Bus Interchange on routes 200, 207
Photo Credit: Peter Bennetts