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  5. FMD Architects
  6. 2013
  7. Cross Stitch House / FMD Architects

Refurbishment in Architecture

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Cross Stitch House / FMD Architects

  • 01:00 - 26 February, 2014
Cross Stitch House / FMD Architects
Cross Stitch House / FMD Architects, © Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts + 15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • Design Team

    Fiona Dunin, Andrew Carija, Robert Kolak
  • Landscape Architects

    Eckersley Garden Architecture
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

© Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

The site is a single storey terrace on a small 5m wide block in the inner city of Melbourne. The brief was to create new Living and Dining spaces, relocate the existing kitchen and bathrooms and improve access to natural light in the main living and main bedroom areas. The existing Victorian eastern end of the house containing 2 bedrooms was to remain and be refurbished.

© Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

The functional requirements of the client were simple. The only particular requirement was to find a place in the design for 3 tapestries of houses that her mother had made.

Cross section
Cross section

Our design strategy is always to celebrate the particularities of the project, so while exploring the tradition of tapestry and stitching techniques, the concept of stitching the new house form to the old established the design approach.

© Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

The timber beams form the thread which stitches the new living room to the existing house, then beyond to the western courtyard. The timber beams at the northern point converge into a large timber column, reminiscent of a bobbin thread. Within the courtyard a mirror is positioned strategically at the end of the threads to extend the space and create a sense of unravelling (while concealing the services of the building). The timber threads twist over the western façade to provide added shading to the Living area which will soon be overgrown over by greenery.

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Cite: "Cross Stitch House / FMD Architects" 26 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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