A Melbourne House With 10 Folds in the Roof To Bring in Light

While the 10 Fold House remains Edwardian in the front, the rear extension is all modern, making this a house mullet. Designed by Timmins+Whyte, this renovated home in Melbourne remains respectful to its neighbors by honoring surrounding architectural styles and pushing the bulk of the two-story expansion to the west where it’s less noticeable. In the back, the home’s angular roof can partially be seen, but what isn’t fully in view are the ten folds. The roof’s folds help bring the light in, especially to the more inner parts of the interior.

angled exterior view of modern house looking in through the back door into the eating area and kitchen

interior view of modern house with kitchen, living room, and dining area

As one moves through the space, a sense of expansion and compression are felt due to the roof folds. The built-in dining area by the back entrance to the home is raised with a faceted ceiling and triangular windows that fill the space with light. Just past the dining table and seating space is the open kitchen with a lower ceiling creating a more intimate atmosphere while still filled with light.

interior view of modern dining area with wood table and built-in seating

interior view of side of modern kitchen with wood cabinets

interior view of modern dining area with wood table and built-in seating

The back wall of windows and sliding glass door keep the living space light and bright while providing access to the private garden.

interior view of modern dining area with wood table and built-in seating

interior view of modern dining area with wood table and built-in seating

interior view of modern dining area with wood table and built-in seating

interior view of modern living rom with sofa and painting above

interior shot of wood and brick hallway with cat

wood hallway looking into mirror with marble shelf

interior view looking up stairs

A partial glass roof lightens the stairwell.

looking into modern bathroom with white tub under skylight

angled view of modern bedroom with corner windows

corner of modern bedroom with wood chest of drawers and mirror above

small desk with chair and shelves above

front exterior view of Victorian house

front exterior view of Victorian house

front exterior view of Victorian house

front exterior view of Victorian house

Photos by Peter Bennetts, via BowerBird.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.

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