Law Street House - Muir Architects | Peter Bennetts

To put it simply this is one of my favourite Melbourne houses by one of my favourite Melbourne photographers. I came across these images by Peter Bennetts some years ago. It's sat in the back of my mind since, bubbling back to the surface every now and again, forcing me to dig through the back catalogue of his collection to re-look at them. I'm sure you'll agree with my fascination of this space.

From Muir Architects website:

Located in a tight single lane street in South Melbourne the original dilapidated one bedroom workman’s cottage built in the 1880s formed the initial brief for architect’s/owner builders Muir Mendes. To pursue the desire to construct using one’s own hands formed a very important part of the brief. While working full time in practice the new house was constructed on weekends. This formed the construction program and associated cash flow.
The 93m² site adjoined to the north and south neighbouring properties and contained by a rear property called for access to natural light and a view beyond. Flanked by a two storey modernist red brick façade and the ornamented timber cottage to the south, Law Street House became the fourth little pig. Constructed from plate steel the façade adopts a condition of blankness concealing the second storey within the adjusted roof pitch mimicking the form of the site’s former cottage. A ‘draw bridge’ to the front window provides privacy and curates light to the front bedroom providing a signal of occupation to the house beyond.
Upon entry the double height corridor directs the gaze through the full length skylight to capture a view of the existing palm tree. The inversion of the enclosed cottage corridor is adopted in order to maximise the penetration of natural light to the interior and provide an aspect ‘out’ of the tight site. Sky becomes an important distraction for the gaze. The white walls play host to the passage of light that dances across the interior as the day passes patterning the walls as it moves. A memory of the original lean-to roof lines ripple across the underside of Level 1 defining the ‘section’ of the house.

To see all of the photographs of Law Street House, visit:

Muir Architects - Law Street House

Peter Bennetts - Law Street House Melbourne