When a family of five approached Anthony Clarke, principle of Black Line One X Architecture Studio to redesign and extend their Melbourne home, their brief was to achieve 'a feeling of openness, lightness, and visual continuity throughout their home and landscape'. Profile House's simple and sculptural interior delivers just that.
The house is located in Melbourne's semi-industrial inner northern suburb of Brunswick East. Originally a low 1920s Californian-style bungalow of 90sq m, the structure now features clear openings, such as an internal courtyard and light well to the west, which connect it to its surroundings.
Profile House's open plan also achieves uninterrupted visual connections across different parts of the house and its courtyard. The extension added a much-needed 83 sq m to the residence but different ceiling heights help give each area in the house a distinct identity.
The key design element though, which makes the project stand out at a single glance, is the form of its western elevation. Rough-sawn Victorian Ash timber planks unmistakably define the house's profile and boundary wall, also providing the inspiration for its name. This wall also acts as a privacy screen and a security fence, protecting the interiors from prying eyes. Inside, a concrete- and timber-floored living, dining and kitchen area wrap around the courtyard and lead through to the two bedrooms, tucked away at the back of the house.
Black Line One X Architecture Studio, introduced to the client through a common friend, was established by Clarke in 2009 and featured in the Wallpaper* 2012 Architects Directory. Based not too far from this project's site, in the neighbourhood of Fitzroy North, the young studio has more Melbourne projects in the pipeline; the Batman Street House and the Cole Crescent House are expected to be completed by the end of 2013.