2 weeks ago
Rose Street House by @fieldwork_architects
From the Architect: Our Rose Street project converts a former brothel in the backstreets of Fitzroy, into a custom residence and outbuilding. The design refurbishes the existing terrace and adds a new dwelling to the rear connected by a central shared bluestone and timber deck courtyard.
With our design for Rose Street, we honour rather than erase the site’s colourful past. This is a space focused on detail, surprise and tactility – and the junctures between the old and the contemporary. Cues were taken from the building’s existing materiality and colour schemes in a playful update including: salvaged red neon and custom pink LED lights, bespoke leather and velvet furniture, herringbone floorboards, textured tiling with brass and pink colour accents.
The only portion of the existing building retained was the front room; upstairs and down. The rest of the building is new construction, connected through different material junctions, a staircase, a custom curved joinery wall and a green velvet curtain.
The central planted courtyard mediates the space between the main residence and the rear outbuilding. By day, the space is bright, tactile and provides a green sanctuary in the urban context. By night, the combination of red neon and pink led are a nod to the building’s former life.