It's hard to believe what Melbourne-based architectural firm Meme Design did with this house. Located in Prahran (an inner suburb of Melbourne), the residence is a compact Edwardian home that was the victim of an unfortunate 1990s renovation. That previous reno didn't accomplish much in terms of opening up the interior, so it was imperative to create a design that would be functional as well as livable.
Beyond utilizing space in the re-design, they also opted for a roomy visual effect. "The principles of the design follow light and shade, shrinking and stretching space with the use of a monochromatic pallet," architect and designer Melanie Beynon said. While the result is ultra-modern, being reliant on dark colors and sharp lines, the structure still feels open thanks to a play with contrasting light colors and natural textures.