Going Back To Your Architect For More Space


Words by Anthony Richardson

In 2008 FMD Architects was commissioned by a young bachelor to renovate the existing kitchen and bathrooms and improve access to natural light in the main living areas, which resulted in K House. However time has a tendency to change you, and more versatile spaces were required to meet the demands of a young family with pets, and thus K2 House came to be.



How often does an architect design an extension for a renovation project they did 9 years prior? I don't know the hard facts, but I think it can't be that common. However that's what FMD Architects were faced with when a client from a 2008 renovation reached out. Turns out the bachelor now had a young family with pets, and needed more space, while seeking to maintain FMD Architects' initial design intent.

Tight planning constraints meant the original design had to use angular forms to best maximise space, and this approach lent itself to the upper floor extension. If you looked at the building, you could not tell that there was 9 years between the upper and lower floors thanks to the architects uniting both seamlessly.

Dark triangular metal cladding wraps around the deck area above, where the perforations provide privacy, shelter, shade and transparency. This geometry is continued throughout the house, with a large triangular window, joinery details, balustrades and even in the bathroom. 

With inner-city suburban sites being limited in area, the need to maintain the existing building footprint was vital. I'm sure readers who have families themselves understand the desire and need for private outdoor space for the children, so FMD Architects decided to go up instead of out. The vertical extension provided the young family with a new living space, bedroom with a walk-in-robe and a sizeable living space.

It's safe to say that this once bachelor pad, now family home, will be a place where this family can grow and form memories. I'm sure FMD Architects can design a third extension if there ever comes a need for it.

The projects growth and versatility is testament to the enduring merits of quality design, by utilising the existing house envelope along with strategic skylights and angled ceiling lines - the extension enables the dwelling and family a new life whilst maximising the footprint of a small property.
— fmd architects
Ground Floor Plan

Ground Floor Plan

First Floor Plan

First Floor Plan


Project Details

Project Name _ K2 House
Architects _ FMD Architects | www.fmdarchitects.com.au/
Location _ Melbourne
Area _ 114m²
Project Completed _ 2017
Photographer _ Peter Bennetts
Project Team _ Fiona Dunin, Jayme Collins, Alice Edmonds, Rob Kolak
Builder _ Latrobe Building Service
Structural Engineer _ Kersulting
Landscape Architect _ Eckersley Garden Architecture


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