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Essendon Residence
for Ridolfi Design

Essendon Residence

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Essendon Residence

corner view

Essendon Residence

front elevation

Essendon Residence

entry hall

Essendon Residence

rear view

Essendon Residence

dining room bay

Essendon Residence

bay windows from exterior

Essendon Residence

bedroom with dormer and window seat

Essendon Residence

entry detail

Essendon Residence

stair

Essendon Residence

parlour and dining room with built-in wet bar

Essendon Residence

central hall and fretwork

Essendon Residence

stair and leadlight

Essendon Residence

bay leadlights

Project & Brief

The Essendon Residence was a new two-storey residence located within a heritage overlay, and its original design was rejected by council on both heritage and massing issues.

Process

My role as Project Architect for Ridolfi Design began with the complete redesign of the exterior as well as major reconfiguration of the floor plans to correspond with the new forms. This new design was enthusiastically accepted by council's heritage consultant, and several dispensations were approved to allow the design to move forward.

Throughout design, documentation, and even construction, I worked closely together with the Clients on our common goal of achieving the feel of an authentic Edwardian home - through building massing, appropriate decoration, finishes, and internal layout rather than relying on the use of token features. This required a deeper understanding of the character of this style on both our parts to avoid creating a house that was period in name only.