Enclave House in Melbourne by BKK Architects

By • Jul 9, 2011

Melbourne-based practice BKK architects has remodeled and extended an existing Edwardian house in Melbourne, Australia.

Completed in 2009, the 5,500 square foot residence now offers spacious living areas as well as a separate studio located in the rear of the narrow lot.

Enclave House by BKK Architects:

“The house is designed so that the spaces within and around the house will be adaptable over time to suit the changing needs of the family. The possibility for the studio space to be converted into an office has been considered as has the basement entertainment area conversion into a gym or multi-purpose play room. A central courtyard contains a pool and landscaped areas.

Site conditions

The existing Queen Anne residence is heritage listed and the site predominantly flat. There is access for car parking to the rear of the property.
Much of the work undertaken to the front face of the residence has been restoration work with a view to preserving the existing streetscape and elevation.


The environmental initiatives for the project can be summarized as follows;

  • There is a 25,000lt underground rain water harvesting tank.
  • Double glazed windows throughout.
  • Highly insulated walls floors and roof.
  • Locally resourced, sustainable, plantation timber cladding.
  • Materials that are low-maintenance with inherent finishes.
  • Low-VOC materials.
  • Highly water efficient fixtures and fittings.
  • The existing residence has been retained and restored.
  • The planning and construction is designed to be highly adaptable.

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