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Docker Street Residence, Richmond

Old double storey Victorian Terraces are a part of inner city housing stock that have sparked a romantic nostalgia in Melbourne, with purchasers buying up pieces of history dotted across the city. The owners appreciate the Victorian history, originally the home of Anglican Church Minister Joseph Docker, but also wanted to live in a more modern house.

Behind the original street façade is the shell of the building. The design retains the formal front rooms and opens up the space to be more fluid. The original staircase and balustrade have been carefully restored to reveal an authentic patina that comes with the age of the building. The way it is finished carefully preserves its past.

The heart of the home was relocated to a modern, casual arrangement centred around an expansive island kitchen with outdoor dining and courtyard.

The property is double fronted, facing the street on one side and a laneway on the other. Its steeply sloping fall creates the opportunity to build a self-contained guest house and garage facilities at the rear, which in turn forms a light-filled courtyard between the main house and studio.