Classic style home meets modern architecture: Inside the birdcage

Maintaining a home’s original features and character while adding a modern touch can be difficult. But when done right, it’s perfection – like home in a birdcage. A classic-style house meets modern architecture.

At first glance, this apartment building is the epitome of the classic worker’s house, typical of the inner-city suburb. And then you enter. Take a tour of this beautiful home by architect Kieron Gait of Kieron Gait Architects.

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Paddington home_Kieron Gait_Front of house
From the outside a classic workers’ house
Paddington home_Kieron Gait_kitchen
Inside modern and elegant

Located in the desirable Brisbane suburb of Paddington, this home is the perfect blend of classic and contemporary.

“From the front it looks like a traditional house. However, upon entering, the original house reveals a huge hallway that blends old with new,” explains Kieron.

“The idea of ​​the long hallway connects the 4 rooms of the original worker’s house with the new part of the house.

“Rooms and spaces detach from the corridor to reveal their own identity.”

Washed linen cushions

Washed linen cushions

Big white pot

Big white pot

Abstract Wall Art

Abstract Wall Art

White bar stool

White bar stool

Plant stand gold

Plant stand gold

Metal pendant light

Metal pendant light

Velvet dining chairs

Velvet dining chairs

Missoni towel set

Missoni towel set

Gray waffle duvet

Gray waffle duvet

Washed linen cushions

Washed linen cushions

Big white pot

Big white pot

Abstract Wall Art

Abstract Wall Art

White bar stool

White bar stool

Plant stand gold

Plant stand gold

Metal pendant light

Metal pendant light

Velvet dining chairs

Velvet dining chairs

Missoni towel set

Missoni towel set

Gray waffle duvet

Gray waffle duvet

Paddington home_Kieron Gait_View of the outside of the birdcage
Classic living meets modern architecture

The house expansion takes modernity to a whole other level when the Birdcage feature is revealed.

“The house leaves the original workers’ house untouched at the front and thanks to the elevation of the terrain, the new rear extension is invisible from the street.

“The materials used in the extension change from a solid base of reclaimed brick and concrete to an exposed structure of hardwood framing and exposed beams.

“The upper level becomes a light volume that rises into the sky above the cottage roof. It’s almost as if the raised structure has a translucent skin protected from the sun by a wooden screen,” says Kieron.

“A screened-in outdoor patio amidst the treetops gives this home its impressive modern facade. It’s like a life size birdcage and the ultimate secluded retreat.”

Paddington home_Kieron Gait_birdcage view

The home of a young family, the Birdcage House is reserved in some areas and forgiving in others.

“The family needed a number of things that we like to call ‘spatial experiences’—places of solitude and places to gather,” says Kieron.

“A parent retreat; Space for children to play, hide and seek alone time. As architects, we tried to connect these spaces to the site in a coherent way.

“It’s quite a small but smart home. The key was to build a small footprint with a number of rooms that have all the amenities of a much larger home.

A humble home in some ways, but with enough indulgence to make the family feel they are in a truly special place.

“The unique and personal spaces, like the upstairs birdcage or the outdoor shower, add an extravagance to the home that makes it seem more substantial than it actually is.”

Paddington home_Kieron Gait_Living room with open walls
Paddington home_Kieron Gait_black bedroom

Such contrasts can be seen throughout the house, with some bright, light-filled rooms and dark and moody rooms.

“The client was an integral part of the project with very special requirements.

“Straight eaves, Melbourne brick, not too much wood, black or white,” says Kieron.

We have worked closely with them to build a level of trust where we have overcome all our initial prejudices to create a rich and warm home.

“The owners use every part of the house. It’s suburban but urban, which suits her personality perfectly.

“The series of small spaces allows them to function as a close-knit family, but still gives them the opportunity to find an individual retreat within the home.”

For more projects by Kieron Gait Architects, visit their website or Instagram. What was your favorite feature of this classic style meets modern architecture home? Tell us in the comment section below.

Photography by Christopher Frederick Jones

Paddington home_Kieron Gait_facade
Classic living meets modern architecture
Paddington home_Kieron Gait_home exterior and brick
Paddington home_Kieron Gait_Original view of the home hallway
The hallway: presentation of the original house through to the modern extension
Paddington home_Kieron Gait_Kitchen al fresco dining
Paddington home_Kieron Gait_kitchen eat
Paddington home_Kieron Gait_skylight
Paddington home_Kieron Gait_Sunken Lounge
Paddington home_Kieron Gait_bathroom
Paddington home_Kieron Gait_Lounge area
Paddington home_Kieron Gait_Bathroom vanity
Paddington home_Kieron Gang_Hallway and stairs
Paddington home_Kieron Gait_Bedroom
Paddington home_Kieron Gait_green tiled bathroom
Paddington home_Kieron Gait_view from inside the birdcage
Washed linen cushions

Washed linen cushions

Big white pot

Big white pot

Abstract Wall Art

Abstract Wall Art

White bar stool

White bar stool

Plant stand gold

Plant stand gold

Metal pendant light

Metal pendant light

Velvet dining chairs

Velvet dining chairs

Missoni towel set

Missoni towel set

Gray waffle duvet

Gray waffle duvet

Washed linen cushions

Washed linen cushions

Big white pot

Big white pot

Abstract Wall Art

Abstract Wall Art

White bar stool

White bar stool

Plant stand gold

Plant stand gold

Metal pendant light

Metal pendant light

Velvet dining chairs

Velvet dining chairs

Missoni towel set

Missoni towel set

Gray waffle duvet

Gray waffle duvet

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