Images / Ben Hosking
The Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy is a busy inner-urban area that sports a crop of low-rise, high-density buildings; like the remainder of the ring of suburbs immediately surrounding the CBD, there are 19th-century service lanes and narrow streets fronted by built-to-boundary terraces and shopfronts supporting the bustling street life that colours the neighborhood in rich, urbane and edgy tones.
Just behind the famous main thoroughfare of Brunswick Street stands a row of two-storey townhouses. One of them was stripped down to its bones – of concrete, blockwork, framework and fenestration – in a remake by Melbourne-based Pitch Architecture + Developments. The team was guided by the pursuit of simplicity, an adherence to a minimal palette, and a determination to keep the alterations to a minimum while maximising opportunities for natural light and spaciousness.
Fitzroy Terrace is now a space for expansive living; deliciously light and bright, a deliberate respite from the hard edges of the grungy, bustling city streets right at its doorstep.