This prestigious double fronted Art Deco cream brick beacon of casual regality adorns a fancy suburban street in Moonee Ponds. WOWOWA’s role was akin to a surgeon – preforming open heart surgery, removing the scare tissue of the past renovation and creating a family home that celebrated the playful ornament of the original 1930’s era.

The first decision was to mirror the cream & brown brick robustness of the front facade, around the back. Artfully laid, inspired by local freshwater yabby the “Ponds’ brickwork is part of WOWOWA’s ‘Borromini Series’ that aims to use the humble brick to create complex geometry.

A sense of inside outside was crucial to this project. Working around existing bones, the renovation addon reads like an L shaped nugget, but in reality, the living room sits on the base of an existing basement and is largely a reduction more than an alteration & addition.