- Internal Area110sqm
- TeamRob Kennon, Maia Cookson
- CollaboratorsGMAKCON Pty Ltd, Vert Engineering, Metro Building Surveying
- PhotographerDerek Swalwell
- AwardsAIA National Architecture Awards - The Dentist , AIA Victorian Architecture Awards - The Dentist (Named Award Winner)
- PublicationsThe Dentist by Rob Kennon Architects
- TagsMedical , Small, Heritage, Inner City, Brick
The project is located on a corner site, mediating between the sometimes-busy Nicholson and Yarra St, a quieter, one-way street with rows of terrace houses. It faces the challenge of addressing its longer, side elevation and how this interfaces with the adjacent terrace houses as well as the narrowness of the site.
Being a dentist, the addition required universal access which meant finding a location for a 9m long ramp to align the addition with the raised heritage building. Due to the size of the site - a 12mx4.3m zone – this quickly became the biggest constraint. It then became the backbone of the project, and we designed the dentist around a ramp.
With the existing heritage dwelling, the streetscape, and public realm in mind – we decided to wrap the ramp around the back of the site and push the envelope of the new building to the face of the street. The new addition peels away from the neighbouring terrace houses, creating a discrete entry using the gap between the two. The ramp is built from the same bitumen as the footpath, signifying a continuation of the public realm as it snakes around the building.