Base Architecture Adds Ultra Modern Addition to 19th Century Heritage Cottage

This is a must-see home addition. Base Architecture masterfully adds huge modern extension to 19th century heritage cottage.
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From this profile view, we see the private garden spaces behind concrete and aluminum fencing, with the rooftop terrace visible behind floral-carved privacy wall by Base Architecture.

This custom home gallery features the Light Street project, a home designed by Australian firm Base Achitecture.

With this project, Base Architecture masterfully adds a huge modern addition to a 19th century heritage cottage marrying cottage and ultra modern design into a single home.

Resting on a compact plot of land, this house incorporates a late 1800’s heritage-listed cottage with a modern addition. The rear extension contrasts with the original style, while respecting the structure of its historic neighbors. The new addition accommodates kitchen and living spaces on the lower level, master bedroom suite, and library on the middle level.

Along with access to the roof terrace, with city views at the upper-most level, the addition wraps around a lap pool and pond, forming the center courtyard of the house. Where the two building forms meet, the existing house has been peeled back, with a new glass roof structure covering an outdoor dining area overlooking the pool.

The original house, constructed of timber and tin, is being faithfully restored to its original glory. The addition employs concrete with strong black stair and joinery elements to contrast with the original structure, defining its own modern aesthetic.

Supplemented by a lift and state of the art electronic and lighting systems, this house incorporates three bedrooms, a study, gym, library, roof terrace, and underground parking for the city dwelling owner.

We’re particularly taken with this project and hope that you feel the same way!

Backyard of the Light Street urban home by Base Architecture.

Backyard of the Light Street urban home by Base Architecture.

Gazing over the rooftop terrace, with astroturf flooring and striking white roll-arm furniture, we see the expanse of city beyond the glass railings.

Gazing over the rooftop terrace, with astroturf flooring and striking white roll-arm furniture, we see the expanse of city beyond the glass railings.

Dining room flush with dark hardwood flooring beneath a lengthy black wood table is naturally lit via the all-glass roof.


Dining room flush with dark hardwood flooring beneath a lengthy black wood table is naturally lit via the all-glass roof.

Seen from the opposite angle, we take in the striking metallic art pieces, open views toward rooftop patio, and glass rail defining the stairway space at right.

Seen from the opposite angle, we take in the striking metallic art pieces, open views toward rooftop patio, and glass rail defining the stairway space at right.

This rooftop garden features a tiered fountain wrapped in greenery, right outside the wraparound sliding glass panels.

This rooftop garden features a tiered fountain wrapped in greenery, right outside the wraparound sliding glass panels.

Coming up the main black metal and concrete staircase, we see the secluded garden at left through full height glass, as well as upper levels in multiple tiers wrapped in glass railing.

Coming up the main black metal and concrete staircase, we see the secluded garden at left through full height glass, as well as upper levels in multiple tiers wrapped in glass railing.

This lower landing holds a black leather sofa below the metal-wrapped staircase, with various rooms of the home seen through layers of plate glass.


This lower landing holds a black leather sofa below the metal-wrapped staircase, with various rooms of the home seen through layers of plate glass.

The kitchen contrasts white surroundings with jet black countertops and lengthy island, with an array of spherical glass chandeliers hanging above.

The kitchen contrasts white surroundings with jet black countertops and lengthy island, with an array of spherical glass chandeliers hanging above.

Looking inward from the garden, we see the dining room fully exposed, with the folding glass panels fully retracted. Kitchen stands at right, similarly open.

Looking inward from the garden, we see the dining room fully exposed, with the folding glass panels fully retracted. Kitchen stands at right, similarly open.

Turning back toward the rooftop garden, looking across the black island and cascading set of hung glass lamps, we see the blurred line between indoor and outdoor spaces.

Turning back toward the rooftop garden, looking across the black island and cascading set of hung glass lamps, we see the blurred line between indoor and outdoor spaces.

Upper landing of the staircase, with carved black wood at left, shelving on right, and white animal head sculpture hanging below upper catwalk.


Upper landing of the staircase, with carved black wood at left, shelving on right, and white animal head sculpture hanging below upper catwalk.

Close profile view of the upper catwalk, with bolted on glass railings flanking both sides.

Close profile view of the upper catwalk, with bolted on glass railings flanking both sides.

Cozy library space packs myriad shelving options on every wall, with dark stained wood punctuating the white decor. Ornate black accent chair stands at center.

Cozy library space packs myriad shelving options on every wall, with dark stained wood punctuating the white decor. Ornate black accent chair stands at center.

The staircase features "floating" concrete step design for maximum visibility throughout.

The staircase features “floating” concrete step design for maximum visibility throughout.

View from the catwalk, with library at left and central staircase on right.

View from the catwalk, with library at left and central staircase on right.

Bathroom features unique egg-shaped pedestal tub surrounded by layers of smoked glass. Window seating on white cushions at left, with walk in shower in background.

Bathroom features unique egg-shaped pedestal tub surrounded by layers of smoked glass. Window seating on white cushions at left, with walk in shower in background.

With the opposite view, we see the window seating continues seamlessly into the bedroom, with smoked sliding glass divider retracted.


With the opposite view, we see the window seating continues seamlessly into the bedroom, with smoked sliding glass divider retracted.

From the master bedroom suite, we see a lengthy hallway decked in black wood at right. Single wall mounted television breaks up the white walls, with bathroom entrance at left.

From the master bedroom suite, we see a lengthy hallway decked in black wood at right. Single wall mounted television breaks up the white walls, with bathroom entrance at left.

Gazing over the greenery on the garden patio through open glass kitchen wall, we see the full breadth of the spherical glass lighting over the ample black island with dining space and set of metallic tall chairs.

Gazing over the greenery on the garden patio through open glass kitchen wall, we see the full breadth of the spherical glass lighting over the ample black island with dining space and set of metallic tall chairs.

Looking down the length of the dining space over a wide expanse of dark natural hardwood flooring, we see the glass wrapped staircase and rooftop garden in distance.

Looking down the length of the dining space over a wide expanse of dark natural hardwood flooring, we see the glass wrapped staircase and rooftop garden in distance.

Second bathroom draped in beige tile floor to ceiling, featuring modern minimalist vanity in dark wood and white countertop, with sliding mirror at right.

Second bathroom draped in beige tile floor to ceiling, featuring modern minimalist vanity in dark wood and white countertop, with sliding mirror at right.

The open design shower is shielded via glass panel, continuing into wall, exposing original wood structure of the home.

The open design shower is shielded via glass panel, continuing into wall, exposing original wood structure of the home.

Bedroom features an array of minimalist white cabinetry blending into the wall, over black flooring, with sliding wood door to bathroom at center.


Bedroom features an array of minimalist white cabinetry blending into the wall, over black flooring, with sliding wood door to bathroom at center.

On the more traditionally fashioned street side of the home, this expansive dark wood porch is wrapped in white railings and shielded by slanted corrugated metal roof with exposed white wood beams.

On the more traditionally fashioned street side of the home, this expansive dark wood porch is wrapped in white railings and shielded by slanted corrugated metal roof with exposed white wood beams.

Front door in striking red stands apart from the subdued direction of the surrounding home.

Front door in striking red stands apart from the subdued direction of the surrounding home.

Living room with minimalist design features black media surround for the television, with singular black shelf built into the wall. Angular window frames punctuate the wall of glass at right with views of rooftop garden.

Living room with minimalist design features black media surround for the television, with singular black shelf built into the wall. Angular window frames punctuate the wall of glass at right with views of rooftop garden.

With the opposite angle, we see the astroturf terrace through another sliding glass panel. Skylight runs the length of the kitchen.

With the opposite angle, we see the astroturf terrace through another sliding glass panel. Skylight runs the length of the kitchen.

Taking another look at the kitchen, we see the black countertops with reflective backsplash at right, as well as partially hidden utility space in the distance, behind sliding white panel by Base Architecture.

Taking another look at the kitchen, we see the black countertops with reflective backsplash at right, as well as partially hidden utility space in the distance, behind sliding white panel.

Another look at the dining room, we see a singular red chair standing apart from the metallic set, mirroring the function of the red front door of the home.


Another look at the dining room, we see a singular red chair standing apart from the metallic set, mirroring the function of the red front door of the home.

Gazing next to the home, we see the sloping drive leading toward underground parking.

Gazing next to the home, we see the sloping drive leading toward underground parking.

Rooftop view clearly showcasing the modernist addition, wrapping the home in steel and glass.

Rooftop view clearly showcasing the modernist addition, wrapping the home in steel and glass.

Streetside view reveals the original structure at left, with modern aluminum roof topping a traditional white body, with modern addition standing overhead to the right.

Streetside view reveals the original structure at left, with modern aluminum roof topping a traditional white body, with modern addition standing overhead to the right.

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