PHOOEY Architects Pty Ltd
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Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
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Projects: Interiors

Cubo House

A sustainable home which celebrates its history via restored existing & upcycled elements. Dysfunctional rear portions were replaced, a new habitable basement was added & the significant Heritage portions were re-programmed/ restored.

The project applies the surrealist technique of “Cubomania” to catalogue, re-use & re-invent the demolished building materials. Many existing elements which express the rich history of the house have been preserved or salvaged for adaptation & re-use prior to demolition. This applied equally to original features which were deemed “significant” by the authorities & to resilient (& potentially beautiful) elements which were added during the building’s subsequent life.

Old flooring became face joinery. A new 3 storey lightwell delivers sunlight into the centre of the house & provides natural light & air to the new basement. This element is constructed from windows salvaged from the old house during demolition.

The non-compliant yet beautiful existing stair did not suit the preferred new layout. It was salvaged & upcycled to create a feature chandelier, suspended over the new stair & adjacent to the new recycled lightwell. The leftovers were upcycled to form a loft bed with integrated storage in the new kid’s bedroom.

The new stair, lightwell & chandelier combine to form a grand new entry foyer & to deliver light, air, volume & delight to the new heart of the house. The space provides comfortable circulation between levels & a series of adjunct spaces for just hanging out.

It also acts as the new & old mixing pot between the deliberately modern rear parts of the house (featuring square set cornices, full height doors, steel framed windows, black steel reveals & trims, shadowline skirtings & architraves) & the restored significant Heritage front parts of the house (featuring ornate fireplaces, skirtings, architraves, hessian clad walls & gargoyle clad archways).

Link to exteriors & more interiors for this project.

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