Before: the original "Renovator's Nightmare" | photo: OOF! architecture


Acute House is the transformation of a 'renovator's nightmare' into a compact 21st century family home. The severe limitations of a tiny, very triangular site and the demanding heritage context have resulted in a pointy new wedge of house that is designed to exploit its problems.

The original, and extremely decrepit, Victorian weatherboard cottage had become impossible to inhabit but was well loved by the neighbourhood as well as its new owners.

We tried to retain its weathered character by re-using as much original fabric as possible from warped weatherboards and fence palings to random accumulations such as door knobs, vents and street numbers. Like fragile museum artefacts, these were carefully removed, labelled, stored and re-installed in their original location on a new mount that not only highlights their charms by contrast but allows the house to live again in a new way.

Photographs: Nic Granleese



2016 Victorian Premier's Design Awards | WINNER | Architecture

Acute House is proud to be a part of Open House Melbourne 2016


Architect: Fooi-Ling Khoo
Planning + Heritage: David Brand
Interior Design: OOF in collaboration with JPILD
Engineer: Mark Hodkinson Consulting Structural Engineers
Building Surveyor: Anthony Middling & Associates


Builder: Mitty & Price | Michael Briese (Builder/Director) Christian Klueter (Foreman) 
External Cladding | Advanced Metal Cladding 
Windows and Doors | Pickering Joinery 
Joiner | TT Cabinets + Design 
Steelwork | Redon Forge
PlumberInnerline Plumbing
Electrician | Warner Electrical
Heating + AC | Marshall's Heating & Air conditioning Pty Ltd
Concrete Polishing | Lumic


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selection of articles about the Acute House