Australian hardwood lines Melbourne cottage extension by Prior Barraclough

Architecture practice Prior Barraclough has expanded a modest workers’ cottage in Melbourne to include an extension panelled entirely in Australian hardwood.

Located in the neighbourhood of Northcote, Union Street House is a single-fronted workers’ cottage owned by a recently retired couple who wanted their home to have more functional living space.

Local practice Prior Barraclough was tasked with extending the site but had to find ways to work around its strict planning regulations with “sensitivity to the heritage streetscape”.

Union Street House is lined with Australian hardwood

The extension was designed to sit neatly between two houses that lie on either side of the original cottage and features a dramatic

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