James Street Residence
Perched on a hill in Richmond, the James Street Residence is a multi-generational, multicultural family home. The building is made from two distinct parts – a restoration of the existing period home which revitalises one of the first examples of a kit home in Australia and a modern extension. Together the two create a cross section through architectural history along James Street. Each component creates its own distinct vernacular. The original building enhances the characteristics intrinsic to the workers cottage referencing decorative details, use of timber externally and internally, horizontality and a historic grey tone. In contrast, the new extension is a sculptural form using an architectural language of metal and mirrored glass expressed verticality with crisp detail. The two are connected by a glazed link which creates a clear visual separation from the street emphasising which is from the past and which is from the present.