From the street, it's a quaint Victorian. From the rear, thoroughly modern. The Armadale House by Mitsuori Architects was built with an eye on preserving the historic look of the surrounding Melbourne neighborhood, and as such demanded that the owners' taste for clean lines be hidden from view. The result is a two-story, rear-facing addition that connects to the existing structure a walkway, lets in plenty of light via floor-to-ceiling windows that slide for access to the terrace, gardens, and courtyard, and uses minimal design that juxtaposes well with the vintage, handcrafted facade.
Photos: Michael Kai