RBA is excited to announce the much anticipated completion of two residential contemporary additions and alterations! Both projects involved contemporary additions to Victorian era houses to create beautiful family homes adapted to modern living.

‘Cassiope’, Windsor

A desire to retain treasured features of the original dwelling, and provide for flexible family living were the drivers behind this project. The result is a well-considered collaboration of old and new elements that collectively transforms the historic house into a dwelling for the growing modern family.



Page Street, Middle Park

The tight footprint behind the 1890s row cottage provided a challenge and demanded an economy of space and clever storage solutions.  The aspects of the design are inspired by Japanese machiya. Machiya are traditional wooden townhouses found throughout Japan, predominantly in the historical capital of Kyoto. The typical Kyoto Machiya is a long wooden home with narrow street frontage, stretching deep into the city block and usually contains one or more small courtyard gardens.  This concept was the inspiration for working with such a long and narrow site.  Environmental sustainability measures are integrated into the design, including natural lighting, solar energy, hydronic heating, double glazing and water tanks.

Sympathetic repairs have vastly improved the presentation of the original front part of the house.  The external paint colours were chosen based on the original scheme, which was revealed by paint scrape analysis of the various painted elements.


15 November 2017

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2023 AIA Victorian Architecture Awards

The 2023 Awards ceremony for the Victorian Australian Institute of Architects was held on Friday the 16th June.

Several representatives from RBA Architects and Conservation Consultants attended the event, where we were proud to receive an Award for Heritage Conservation for the Prahran Arcade Façade Conservation and a Commendation for Heritage – Conservation for the restoration of Doherty House in Tarneit.

Additionally, we were pleased to see Searle x Waldron receive an Award for Architecture for the Joyce Chapel Bridge and Wardle receive The William Wardell Award for Public Architecture for the Bendigo Law Courts – both projects that RBA have been involved in.

Learn more about the Prahran Arcade Facade Conservation here

Learn more about the Doherty House Restoration here

Doherty House, Tarneit (Image: Thurston Empson)

Bendigo Law Courts, Wardle (Image: Tim Griffith)

Prahran Arcade (Image: Thurston Empson)

Joyce Chapel Bridge, Searle x Waldron (Image: Peter Bennetts)


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