Explore this Edwardian property’s modern kitchen extension

Creating a contemporary extension on an Edwardian house in the heart of Melbourne, these architects needed to be sympathetic, yet prioritise modern living.

By Hugh Metcalf | 4 October 2019

This architectural extension was designed to bring contemporary living to a period home, without compromising on the property’s original features

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At first glance, you may not realise that behind this contemporary, architectural kitchen space is an Edwardian property in the heart of Melbourne, dating all the way back to 1915. While the owners of this family home were keen to preserve the period detailing of both the interiors and exterior of their home, for this extension, they tasked Whiting Architects with creating a space based on the functionality of modern living.

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A modern extension

Instead of aping the original Edwardian architecture in the new kitchen and living space, the architects settled on a design which, while simple, was definably separate from the original structure. “Any new addition evident from the outside was kept deliberately modest; tackled as if the new had been inserted into the existing building and implying that they could be slid out again if the family decided to move,” explains Steven Whiting, Director of Whiting Architects.