In reworking the old, ventilation was key, through the high ceilings, generous eaves, but also through the introduction of sliding doors and openable windows. For the Melbourne winter, Robson Rak also ensured hydronic heating throughout.
Robson Rak divided the private areas of the home into a parent’s zone and a children’s zone. Understandably, the parent’s retreat lies within the heritage part of the home, organised within the grand scale and proportion of the existing spaces. Robson Rak highlighted the original detailing, only introducing subtle materials and finishes unoffensive to the Victorian fabric. The parent’s zone promotes peace and quiet through the ensuite, where an expansive gridded bathroom window brings gentle light and greenery within.