Altair louvre windows from Breezway were installed at the award-winning Nightingale Street project designed by Wilson iD Pty Ltd.

A dilapidated small workers’ cottage was transformed into a modern family home while respecting the existing Victorian and Edwardian heritage values of the area.

The two front rooms of the existing cottage have been preserved while a contemporary double-storey building has been added to the rear. The simple and robust layout accommodates the family’s lifestyle needs in an interesting way that combines texture and bold colour to reflect the surrounding urban landscape.

Altair louvre windows have been combined with second grade building materials and full height doors to help create a feeling of spaciousness, while framing a view of the adjoining urban landscape. The louvre windows provide natural light, privacy and ventilation, creating a bright and airy home. 

This project has currently won four 2012 Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV) Building Design Awards including Residential Design – Alterations & Additions: $200K-$500K construction cost; Heritage Conservation Project – Residential; Interior Design – Residential; and Most Innovative Bathroom Design.

The judges explained that the external form and detail was a textbook example of how to design extensions in heritage areas, adding that the house was a great example of how intelligent creative design could convert a small Victorian classic into modern city chic.