New Modern

Caulfield, Victoria

This Caulfield home demonstrates how contemporary architecture and interior design can be influenced by heritage, without replicating a past era. 

New Modern, a mid-century home in Caulfield, has undergone a loving renovation to save, restore and sensitively expand. Aware of the clumsy modification that many originally prized mid-century homes are now subject to, the client’s wanted to rediscover and celebrate the home’s original features, while sensitively expanding and injecting the property with new life.  

Our solution was to design with balance, to renovate and expand with the mantra “no more, no less”- creating something not oppressively minimal or pointlessly superfluous.  

Connections to the beautifully re-invigorated garden follow us during our daily life within, continually framing and revealing views to create a series of varied and peaceful experiences.

Client, New Modern

The external screens act as a protective veil to the exterior and internally assists in controlling temperature. The screens also allow for varied external views when sections are opened/closed and for ever-changing patterned shadows to filter through. 

Sensitively scaled to complement rather than compete, New Modern exemplifies a progressive approach to heritage renovation … Bower Architecture exemplifies how a home’s heritage can influence contemporary design without replicating.

Rose Onans, The Local Project  

Project Info
Traditional People and Custodians

Boonwurrung/Bunurong and Wurrundjeri Woi Wurrung peoples of the Eastern Kulin Nation

Architecture and Interior Design

Bower Architecture & Interiors


Consgrave Constructions

Shannon McGrath

Eckersley Garden Architecture

Styling and Art

Swee Design


AIA Victorian Architecture Awards – Houses (Alterations and Additions) – Shortlisted


Architeam Awards – Commendation


Australian Interior Design Awards – Residential Design – Shortlisted


Houses Awards – Alteration and Addition Over 200m2 – Shortlisted