Courtyard House – Kister Architects

Collingwood, Melbourne

Situated amongst the mixed-use industrial architecture and diversity of inner-city Collingwood in Melbourne, Courtyard House forms a breathtaking residential conversion of a bluestone Gothic Revival church, originally built in 1874. Designed by Kister Architects, the home seamlessly combines the individually significant heritage building (originally St Saviours Church of England Mission Church) and sublime, contemporary new build.

Instilling new life and possibility into the former church, an architectural opportunity surfaced to re-define the conventional family home. Centred around the north-facing, circular courtyard (a nod to Roy Grounds prominent Hill St House), internal living spaces open out on to a private, utopian sanctuary. A second-storey, halo-like concrete canopy brings about a sense of higher being, harmonising the empyrean persona of the existing place of worship with the modernist addition. A rooftop garden brings life into the courtyard, with the elysian rooftop plane revealing a 17m lap pool below.

Accompanied by the Terrace table, a pair of Volley chairs dwell poolside, complementary of the curved, circular architecture seen above. Positioned alongside the lap pool, the Breeze modular sofa makes the perfect perch for relaxation and respite amongst the calming water and purist architecture. Bloom wall planters make a playful, decorative fixture and addition of greenery to the pool area.

  • Tait Collections
    Volley, Terrace, Bloom, Breeze
  • Architect
    Kister Architects
  • Builder
  • Photography
    Peter Bennetts

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