Constructed within high walls created long before restrictive zoning rules would have prevented them, Andrew Maynard‘s Vader House expands upon a Victorian-era shell, mixing modern lines and materials with existing period masonry. New construction on the Melbourne, Australia home centered around a playful outdoor courtyard, which became the new focal point of the home. Portions of the existing structure were removed in favor of glass or slat-roof elements, which brings natural light into the home’s darker core. Bright red stairs bisect the living room/kitchen space, mirroring red accents throughout the contemporary house and glass tiles installed in the bathroom. [via contemporist, photos by peter bennetts]