Mosspennoch House, East Melbourne.
This grand old house in East Melbourne has a long and storied history, dating back to its construction in 1881. But most recently, it's been given a new lease of life by heritage architects Lovell Chen, Built and Ardon Constructions, via its conversion to apartments. Charles Sandford was brought onto the project to craft an extensive range of new timber components, mostly to recreate the original heritage character of the building, but also to provide modern insertions in some areas.
Stairways and handrails feature prominently, including a completely new red cedar stairway constructed to match the design of an original stairway that had been removed several decades ago. Elsewhere, contemporary themed apartments feature modern stairways with sinuous, curving handrails.
The photographs here capture the range of timber components we produced for the project, including wall panelling, architraves and door blocks, window seats, skirting boards, top rails and mouldings. It was an interesting project because much of the internal timberwork had been demolished, so a considerable part of our task was to sort through the skip bins of construction site detritus to piece these elements back together, identify what was missing and craft matching timber components to fill the gaps. It required some detective work, and then many weeks of careful timber crafting, but the end result is a beautiful old heritage building restored to its former glory, and with updated amenity to match the needs of twenty-first-century Melbourne.
Photographed by Hin Lim.