Rara Architecture Add A Contemporary Monolith To Traditional Australian Home

Still hesitate expanding your long-time home? Look at what Rara Architecture came up with for the traditional home in Melbourne, Australia. From the outside, it looks as small and sweet as it can be, but out in the back it grows into an architectural monolith that adds space for the growing family.



Its small asymmetric fence is only low from the front. Immediately at the side it extends up to give privacy to the backyard.


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Original building

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Rara Architecture house renovation

Structure of the extension ensures there is plenty of square footage for kids rooms and play areas, open plan living areas and dining. At the same time, the new addition does nothing to intrude upon the original structure in any way. There is even a small inner courtyard between the 2 houses.

Since the structure is contemporary, fence at the back had to be higher to protect the residents’; privacy. Wide sliding glass doors and windows, overlooking the green lawn and deck, put a living room and industrial kitchen/dining on display.

Most of the new structure comes shut off from the outside world, aside from a small transom that allows some daylight into kids rooms. (Photography by Christopher Alexander & Alison McWhirter Photography)

Contemporary Monolith Extends a Traditional Home in Australia


asymmetric fence Rara Architecture Add A Contemporary Monolith To Traditional Australian Home

Asymmetric fence

monolithic siding lends the house its name Rara Architecture Add A Contemporary Monolith To Traditional Australian Home

Monolithic siding lends the house its name

courtyard fenced for privacy Rara Architecture Add A Contemporary Monolith To Traditional Australian Home

Courtyard fenced for privacy

a single transom breaks the monolithic shape of the house Rara Architecture Add A Contemporary Monolith To Traditional Australian Home

A single transom breaks the monolithic shape of the house

sliding glass doors is any contemporary homes staple Rara Architecture Add A Contemporary Monolith To Traditional Australian Home

Sliding glass doors is any contemporary home’;s staple

acid stained concrete makes for glorious flooring Rara Architecture Add A Contemporary Monolith To Traditional Australian Home

Acid-stained concrete makes for glorious flooring

cool living room window opens up a fenced corner Rara Architecture Add A Contemporary Monolith To Traditional Australian Home

Cool living room window opens up a fenced corner

an architectural staircase makes a designing element in the hallway Rara Architecture Add A Contemporary Monolith To Traditional Australian Home

An architectural staircase makes a designing element in the hallway

elegant living room features exposed painted brick Rara Architecture Add A Contemporary Monolith To Traditional Australian Home

Elegant living room features exposed painted brick

another room features an unfunctioning fireplace Rara Architecture Add A Contemporary Monolith To Traditional Australian Home

Another room features an unfunctioning fireplace

a small access to the courtyard Rara Architecture Add A Contemporary Monolith To Traditional Australian Home

A small access to the courtyard

glass inclusions Rara Architecture Add A Contemporary Monolith To Traditional Australian Home

Glass inclusions

bedroom features its own closet and a fireplace mantel Rara Architecture Add A Contemporary Monolith To Traditional Australian Home

Bedroom features its own closet and a fireplace mantel

a more dramatic bath with a tiled feature wall Rara Architecture Add A Contemporary Monolith To Traditional Australian Home

A more dramatic bath with a tiled feature wall

sleek bath enjoys some daylight from the only transom Rara Architecture Add A Contemporary Monolith To Traditional Australian Home

Sleek bath enjoys some daylight from the only transom

play area Rara Architecture Add A Contemporary Monolith To Traditional Australian Home

Play area

kids room with a vaulted ceiling Rara Architecture Add A Contemporary Monolith To Traditional Australian Home

Kids room with a vaulted ceiling

kids room overlooks the backyard through a small transom Rara Architecture Add A Contemporary Monolith To Traditional Australian Home

Kids room overlooks the backyard through a small transom

industrial style kitchen works well with plywood wall divider Rara Architecture Add A Contemporary Monolith To Traditional Australian Home

Industrial style kitchen works well with plywood wall divider

it features another wall that slides to give passage to pantry Rara Architecture Add A Contemporary Monolith To Traditional Australian Home

It features another wall that slides to give passage to pantry

when its closed the kitchen turns into a dining room Rara Architecture Add A Contemporary Monolith To Traditional Australian Home

When it’;s closed, the kitchen turns into a dining room

fridge tech and food products hide behind the wall Rara Architecture Add A Contemporary Monolith To Traditional Australian Home

Glass inclusions

ambient lighting adds to the modest pendants over the dining table Rara Architecture Add A Contemporary Monolith To Traditional Australian Home

Ambient lighting adds to the modest pendants over the dining table

big glass inclusions overlook a green lawn Rara Architecture Add A Contemporary Monolith To Traditional Australian Home

Big glass inclusions overlook a green lawn

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