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Contemporary & sustainable design for Clifton Hill House


Carlton-based architectural practice, Nic Owen Architects, have designed the Clifton Hill House project. Completed in 2011, the home is the creative combination of an inner city Victorian cottage of heritage significance with contemporary design and sustainable building practices. The property is located in Clifton Hill, Victoria, Australia. 

According to the architects: “The brief aimed to preserve and restore the rundown Victorian to its former glory whilst creating a contemporary addition that inspired a creative life for a 21st-century family.


“Architecture is about designing and creating spaces for people to live an enhanced aesthetic life. This is accomplished through an efficient and functional arrangement of space and utilities while encouraging an expressive and creative lifestyle. The main objective with this property was to create a home that both shelters and enhances the daily living of the clients for now and generations to come.


“The primary function of providing shelter to a family of four that embraces and respects the environment while protecting and sheltering the clients from the harsh elements has resulted in a building that can honestly call itself ‘green’. The house has been designed to efficiently use valuable resources such as water and energy by employing various eco strategies.

“The timeless modern extension is rooted in practicality with the client enjoying an uplifting and inspiring new environment which incorporates a long list of cost saving features within the overall interior design.


“The successful collaboration between the client, architect and builder has resulted in a project that is a source of pleasure for the client and pride for both the builder and architect. The architects passionate vision and drive throughout the project has resulted in a building that marries artistic design with function, satisfying the client’s brief and the architect’s creative dreams.”

Images courtesy of Rhiannon Slatter

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November 10, 2013 | Property | View comments

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