Location : Brighton VIC 3186, Australia
Area : 519.0 sqm
Total Site Area : 697 sqm total
Year : 2013
Architects : Martin Friedrich Architects
Design Principal : Martin Friedrich
Project Architects : Michael Ceckiewicz , Kris Treagus and Prashanth Iyer
Photographs : Derek Swalwell, Courtesy of Martin Friedrich, Gerard Warrener
Buldier : 1186 Pty Ltd
Structural Engineer : Vayco Structures
Landscaping : Jack Merlo Design
Joinery : Touch wood cabinetry
Metal Work : Hiba design and construct
Electrical contractor : Eslec
In today’s world, while requiring their indoor areas to provide for a comfortable and perhaps luxurious lifestyle, many people no longer want or need the maintenance of large gardens. These two townhouses in an affluent, Bayside suburb of Melbourne have been designed to be the perfect answer for this lifestyle.
The minimalist, contemporary design of these Brighton townhouses include spacious living / dining rooms opening via sliding doors allowing full openings to entertainer’s courtyards with wrap around pools.
The main entry areas opens onto a fully glazed wall orientated to view the pool beyond. However the pivotal feature of this space is the free standing sculptural circular staircase transcending all three levels with a large circular skylight flooding the interior in natural light.
The building is finished in a minimalist palette of pure white render externally with white louvers on the front and rear providing privacy from the neighbouring townhouse and breaking up the simple shapes of the cantilevered cuboidal forms. Internally, the deep grey European oak flooring, Pietro Grigio marble and mink grey carpet contrast with the white walls and add warmth and richness. The colour of the flooring is repeated in custom designed cabinetry throughout the houses including the cinema and study. The pure white interior is further accentuated by the vivid colours of the artwork.
On the first floor 3 generous sized bedrooms enjoy access to private en-suites, walk in robes and private balconies. These are connected via a gallery walkway with a continuous skylight running along the entire length. This skylight is broken up into 8 glazed sections with gimbled lights in each section projecting on paintings below.
The basement with natural light permeating from the skylight 3 level above houses cinema, cellar, gymnasium and a 5 car garage with turntable.
Martin Friedrich Architects
MARTIN FRIEDRICH ARCHITECTS
Martin Friedrich Architects is a design-based practice focused on inspiring and functional architecture for high-end residential, multi-residential and commercial projects.
The company works to design clean and functional forms, delicately crafting every space to create a harmonious whole. We believe that even a free-flowing space requires a sense of symmetry and balance.
The practice is committed to designing spaces that challenge clients’ expectations, while meeting their needs and budgetary requirements. Martin Friedrich Architects will take a project from start to finish including feasibility studies, building design, interiors, landscaping and furniture design.
MARTIN FRIEDRICH ARCHITECTS PTY LTD
Level 1 / 150a Barkly Street
St Kilda VIC 3182
ABN: 19 155 295 141
T: +61 (0) 3 9380 7709
M: +61 (0) 450 118 438