Acute House by OOF! Architecture



OOF! architecture is a studio based in Melbourne’s sea-side suburb St Kilda. They have a talent for refurbishing inner-city homes with a rare sensitivity to the surrounding heritage architecture. At the helm of the studio are Fooi-Ling Khoo, who takes the lead in architecture and interiors, and David Brand, who is the expert in heritage and urban design.

OOF!’s projects often feature some kind of quirk, or interesting character features. The Acute House is one such exemplary project. It was completed in 2016, and has since acquired a slew of awards. The original house was a derelict Victorian era weatherboard cottage. Not only was it small and in terrible condition, its odd shape proved to be an additional problem. The house sits on a sharp corner between two streets — hence the title. The almost triangular building must have posed a peculiar dilemma for the architects. Though, looking at the finished home, it is obvious to see the joy OOF! must have taken in tackling the challenges presented by the project.

OOF! took their responsibility to the neighbouring Victorian bungalows seriously, opting to keep as much of the original building as possible. They disassembled the existing weatherboard and reassembled it in the same positioning, making a very direct link to the history of the site. A dark gunmetal grey structure arises from the old house’s remains, accentuating the sharp end of the building to create a dramatic, yet unobtrusive form. Inside, the interior is clad in a light wood, with a fun bent metal green feature staircase and a dark grey features that echo the exterior of the house. Strategically placed netting gives the place a playful feel, and doubles as a protective, fall-proof barrier on the stairs and mezzanine bedroom. An exemplary project on many accounts: design, heritage and sustainability. Check out more information and photographs here.

Photographs by: Nic Granleese