37 Kardinia Road

CategoryContribution to the Built Environment
ArchitectRobert Weir

The project’s intent was to contribute to the built environment through the removal of an unsympathetic top floor addition to a substantial single storey, late Federation/California bungalow, and the subsequent re-creation of this single storey form.

This ambition was realised through the incorporation of new upper floor alterations and additions into a large simple roof form with various rooms projecting out as dormers. As the house is located on a very prominent corner of two major streets, the newly crafted roofscape of dormers and gables is designed to be seen in the round, creating dominant primary and secondary elevations commensurate with the significance of the two streets.

The materials used – brick, cedar shingles, painted timber trim and slate – maintain the area’s character through their reference to the original home and to similar neighbouring homes all built around the same era when this part of Clifton Gardens was first established.


Rather than completely demolishing the original property, the project retains and reuses much of the existing structure and repurposes and incorporates many of the original arts and crafts elements, such as stained glass windows, in the new design.

Innovative sustainable design elements:

The new alterations and additions incorporate durable, long lasting materials throughout and were constructed almost entirely using timber. The framing, walls and windows are all timber, and the flooring throughout is recycled ironbark.

Environmental footprint of the building is minimised by:

The new roof form allows for substantial rainwater harvesting and extends over deep verandahs in order to provide passive solar shading to large areas of glass, particularly to the north, creating comfortable living spaces using design elements alone.