Clerestory House by Lai Cheong Brown is a Multi-Generation Home from Melborne

Completed in 2016, this project seen a massive overhaul of an inter-war heritage home in Melbourne, Australia. The property was purchased for by a couple who were on the verge of retirement. For them, the home was a downsize from their previous property.

However, at 209-square-meters it’s still got plenty of space to spare and the owners decided to turn it into a multi-generational home to house their family and accommodate large get-together’s.

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Project Details
Architects Lai Cheong Brown
Location Melbourne, Australia
Area 209-square-meters
Year 2016
Photos Jaime Diaz-Berrio

Being a house of historical importance, there was considerable red tape placed on what you could and could not do with the home. However the architect, Lai Cheong Brown, has masterfully worked with the challenges to create a sublime modern home.

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A considerable amount of refurbishment work was first required, including work on the tile roof, the clinker brick façade and chimney. The windows were also replaced and joinery was updated to match the new home’s overall aesthetic.

The front façade doesn’t reveal the extent of the renvoation, but it is evident from the back of the home. It now features a streamlined brick wall complete with large windows. On the inside, a large lantern roof has been introduced, creating a bright and spacious living area, perfect for gatherings.

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Each of the living spaces are generously sized – it has to accommodate several generations at any given time, after all. The house’s original features are blended with the new, more contemporary, elements.

There’s also an integrated apartment to the front that’s inhabited by the owners son. It features its own bathroom, laundry room, and kitchen facilities. The remainder of the house is dedicated to the retirees.

Photos © Jaime Diaz-Berrio

1 Comment
  1. Well to me, to use an Australian term btw, it is megafugly.

    Why on earth it has a heritage listing is totally beyond me, especially as it isn’t even all that old.

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