Sorrento House by Figureground Architecture

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Location: Sorrento, Victoria, Australia

Area: 190 m2

Year: 2017


 


Awards

2017
Victorian Architecture Awards
John & Phyllis Murphy Award for Residential Architecture (Alterations & Additions)



Lead Architect: Matt Rawlins
Builder: PM Versteegen and Sons Pty Ltd
Engineer: Maurice Farrugia & Associates Pty. Ltd.
Photography: © Derek Swalwell



A 1980s beach house is given a new lease on life with the addition of a playroom, first floor deck and expanded living spaces. The original split-face block base is kept and the new program is grafted on, greatly enhancing orientation and functionality.

Figureground Architecture


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Figureground Architecture


Figureground Architecture is a Melbourne based architectural studio established in 2011.

Since its recent inception Figureground has developed a reputation as a leader in innovative hospitality design, gaining awards for early projects such as Pope Joan Bar and Industry Beans Café and Roastery.


CONTACT

Studio 1, Level 1, 156 George St Fitzroy Victoria 3065

+61 3 9015 8631

info@figureground.com.au


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Brighton House by Rob Kennon Architects

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Location: Brighton, Victoria, Australia

Area: 155 sqm

Year: 2018



Architects: Rob Kennon Architects

Photography: © Derek Swalwell


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Rob Kennon Architects


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Rob established the practice, Rob Kennon Architects, in 2011 after years of experiences working with two of Melbourne’s most influential and respected design practices, Bates Smart and Jackson Clements Burrows. Prior to that, Rob worked with Bochsler & Partners.

Rob graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Planning and Design (First Class Honours) and a Master of Architecture. He was awarded the Ernest Fooks Memorial Award for Design and was selected in the Dean’s Honours List.


CONTACT

Rob Kennon Architects

Studio 1, Level 1,

156 George St

Fitzroy Vic 3065

03 9015 8621

mail@robkennon.com

 


 

York Street Residence by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects

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Location: York St, St Kilda West, Victoria, Australia

Gross Floor Area: 320 m2

Year: 2017



Awards

2018 Shortlist Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA)  Best Residential – Single


Architects: Jackson Clements Burrows Architects

Consultant: Structural Engineer: Meyer Consulting

General Contractor: Belair Builders

Photography: © Derek Swalwell



An existing heritage building is transformed through the introduction of a modern, two-storey addition that playfully re-interprets the distinctive geometry of the original dwelling through a contemporary lens. Capturing abundant natural light and garden aspects, the new addition employs a refined and subtle palette of brick, steel and timber.

Capitalising on the site’s orientation and garden aspect, every component of the new addition is oriented to achieve maximum natural light and ventilation while also enjoying a leafy garden aspect.

A conscious effort has been made to retain the key heritage features and structure of the existing dwelling by providing a clear separation to the modern extension. The two buildings are connected via a glazed link screened by hit-miss brickwork and a courtyard that celebrate the existing architecture and cascade into the landscape clearly separating the heritage building from the proposed contemporary extension.

The form responds to the hips and gables of the prevalent existing heritage buildings. A central focus is the sculptural staircase, which delivers its occupants from the ground floor to a landing study nook, set under a folding origami, timber-lined ceiling. The downstairs living spaces, while all being open plan, are delineated by a series of levels. These levels choreograph an engaging journey through the various components of the space (living, kitchen, dining, study), imagining each as its own individual space yet linked through a palette of textured materials and clever sightlines that provide striking vistas taking in the depth of the site and its multiple facets.

Jackson Clements Burrows Architects


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Jackson Clements Burrows Architects


Established in 1998 by Tim Jackson, Jon Clements and Graham Burrows, JCB is a design-led architectural practice of over 50 design professionals united by a shared commitment to the delivery of innovative design solutions. more


CONTACT

One Harwood Place
Melbourne Vic 3000

T +61 3 9654 6227

info@jcba.com.au


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St Vincents Place Residence by B.E Architecture

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Location: Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia
Year: 2017



Architects: B.E Architecture

Photography: © Derek Swalwell


 


As a modern renaissance home, the St Vincents Place Residence is a new archetype developed through reinterpretation of classical references with a modern sensibility. The client, as a patron, put his belief in architecture, artists and artisans to create a nourishing environment that goes beyond surface treatments by inscribing contemplative experiences into the physical form.

Positioned behind a significant heritage façade, the new extension is a cultural bridge between historical significance and modern progress. Embracing the consideration of time, the design response examines pinnacles of architecture and design throughout history. It recreates original elements that extract and expand upon qualities of substance, inspired by those that are proven to span the test of time. Although the majority of the home is a new building, it is not immediately recognisable as such.

The reworking of older-style details in the front section of the original building, include curved cornices, arched doors and custom steel fireplaces, which are not typical modern construction methodologies, but feel at ease within the Victorian frontage. Integral to the details is an authentic demonstration of unusual level of craftsmanship, an appreciation of the capacity of man-kind. Even the smallest of details, like the hand-stained dovetail joints along the timber skirting, are deserving of a moment’s reflection.

The modern counterpart in the rear extension uses insitu concrete, terrazzo style stone floors, painted timber ceilings and bluestone walling to create a point of difference from the front. Rejecting stark minimalism, the classical details are exchanged for rich textures continuing the hand-hewn character throughout the house.

Leading the way to intellectual discourse, the substantial art collection explores topics of philosophy, literature, religion and even science. At moments these are literally written into the walls, such as the three storey light-well built around the lightwork Heaven is a place where nothing ever happens by artist Nathan Coley and the niche installation of the wax sculpture Romeu ‘my deer’ by artist Berlinde De Bruyckere.

As carefully curated as the art collection, the interiors for the house is an eclectic mix covering diverse cultural references across many eras. Many of the rooms are positioned around knowledge, encasing collections of books on expansive shelves and using them as a centrepiece within the custom coffee table in the living room.

A refined, casual aesthetic is created, incorporating unique vintage pieces sourced from Europe and Asia as a direct historic reference. Each piece adds to the dialogue of the space with exotic and interesting stories of when or where they are from or how they were created. Many of the pieces are one-of-a-kind designs by B.E Architecture, commissioned expressly for this project, pushing the artisanal character of the architectural detailing into the furniture.

Combining history, art and culture, the St Vincents Place Residence is ultimately a place of rebirth, simultaneously reviving an exceptional period home and cultivating a place of renewal that elevates quality of life for the client.

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Led by directors Broderick Ely, Jonathon Boucher And Andrew Piva, the B.E architecture team is young, dynamic and multicultural, with a range of personal interests and specialities.

Members of the firm work closely with their clients, builders and individual contractors to ensure that the building expresses the client it was built for and everything needed is in its place. The designs are quiet, yet strong creating a response that is appropriate to its surroundings with attention to materiality that ensures projects will continue to improve over the passage of time.

With more than 20 years of practice, B.E architecture has built a body of work in various locations around Australia, with international commissions currently under development.

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CONTACT

Address

16 Cecil Place
Prahran VIC 3181
Australia

Telephone

+613 9529 6433

Email

office@bearchitecture.com


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Cascading Courts by HYLA Architects

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Type: 2 storey semi-detached house with attic
Location: Faber Drive, Singapore
Site Area: 409 m2
Gross Floor Area: 568 m2
Year: 2017



Architect: HYLA Architects
Principal Architect: Mr Han Loke Kwang
Assistant Architects: Navin Rungsmai, Amanda Goh, Thomas Ong
Main Contractor: : Praxis Contractors Pte Ltd
Structural Engineer: GNG Consultants Pte Ltd
Photographer: Derek Swalwell



A series of cascading courts between the house and the party wall forms the basis by which this semidetached house is organized. From the outside one is scarcely able to see these courtyards due to the screeining and deep shadows. The courtyards are covered with a glass roof and timber pergola, which makes them pretty much all weather spaces. Indeed they are open at the ends and that makes it a very breezy space and house which is ideal for our hot tropical climate. The exterior elevations have an almost Japanese simplicity with the vertical timber screens and off form concrete walls. The timber screens gives the upper level bedrooms privacy from the road. At the entrance, one is greeted by a cascading water feature with an upper level planter. The main living areas on the ground level open to a bamboo garden on the side. The family room on the second level is a double volume space which fronts the main courtyard with a feature tree set in a middle of a water feature.

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Principal Architect Han Loke Kwang

HYLA Architects is an award-winning architectural practice headed and founded by Principal Architect Han Loke Kwang. HYLA’s work seeks to be timeless, unique and personal. more


CONTACT

HYLA Architects

47 Ann Siang Road, #02-01
Singapore 069720

Tel: +65 6324 2488
Fax: +65 6324 2466
Email: admin@hyla.com.sg


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Elwood House by Matyas Architects

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Location: Elwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Year: 2016



Architects: Matyas Architects

Furniture and Styling: Nina Provan

Builder: LBA Constructions

Windows: T H E R M E C O

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MATYAS ARCHITECTS


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John Matyas

Matyas Architects (formerly John Matyas Architects) is a medium size architecture and interior design practice based in Middle Park, Melbourne.

The practice was established by John Matyas in 1989 , and maintains a team of over 10 architectural and interior staff with extensive project experience, capable of managing a diverse range of projects. more


CONTACT

Matyas Architects

17A Armstrong Street
Middle Park Vic 3206 Australia

telephone  +61 3 9690 4662
architects@matyasarchitects.com.au


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East West House by Rob Kennon Architects

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Location: Richmond, Victoria, Australia

Area: 225 sqm

Year: 2013


AVARDS

2014 AIA Victorian Architecture Awards Shortlist Residential Alterations and Additions
2014 Houses Awards Shortlist House in a Heritage Context
2014 Houses Awards Shortlist House Alteration and Addition over 200 m²



Architects: Rob Kennon Architects

Landscape Architect Robyn Barlow

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This house, on a deep site near the top of Richmond Hill contains the unexpected. A large roof deck is hidden behind the heritage protected Victorian roofline, like a secret lookout over the Melbourne skyline. The deck which extends from the upper-level master bedroom, bridges the two fundamental aspects of the house. It links the restored early Victorian heritage building with a separate contemporary but contextually responsive extension designed for a downsizing couple with regularly visiting family and grandchildren.

The scheme involved demolition of the lean-to at the rear, complete restoration of the existing front four rooms (including a new bathroom, which took the space of an existing room without disturbing the heritage fabric) and the addition of a rear contemporary structure with living space, carport, upper-level master bedroom and roof deck.

The existing Victorian detailing was stripped back to highlight the elegant fireplace arches, Baltic pine flooring and timber mouldings. Freestanding (not built in) bespoke joinery neatly fits into the existing fireplace recesses to clearly define the old and new.

The east-west site orientation cleverly turns an apparent design detriment into a major design feature. The long rear extension abuts the south boundary to achieve a delightful rear northern orientation, much longer than possible from a north-south site of similar size.

The new structure is visually separated from the heritage building by a glass link, with hidden utility spaces behind. A series of glazed connections, incorporating a large sliding glass door, a fixed door, a picture window and a frameless section, provide each space its own special interaction with the immediately adjacent garden.

To reduce its mass, the upper storey is constructed as a timber framed setback pop-up, out of the triangular masonry form. The bedroom receives filtered northern and western light through batten shutters, which control the heat in warmer months.

Externally, the addition is constructed out of recycled pressed red bricks with rough natural sand and cement render. This sits comfortably with the aged bluestone and other materials of the original early Victorian house.

Internally, the new living, dining and kitchen areas are associated by the consistent use of solid oak flooring, walls and joinery. The tight oak grain brings natural warmth to the space. The fine detailing of the junctions, joinery doors, recesses and fittings provoke an appreciation of the considered way in which the space has been crafted. Further, the changing volumes, lighting and varied glazed connections to the garden differentiate the various functional spaces.

Rob Kennon Architects


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Rob Kennon Architects


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Rob Kennon Architect

Rob established the practice, Rob Kennon Architects, in 2011 after years of experiences working with two of Melbourne’s most influential and respected design practices, Bates Smart and Jackson Clements Burrows. Prior to that, Rob worked with Bochsler & Partners.

Rob graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Planning and Design (First Class Honours) and a Master of Architecture. He was awarded the Ernest Fooks Memorial Award for Design and was selected in the Dean’s Honours List. more


CONTACT

Studio 1, Level 1,

156 George St

Fitzroy Vic 3065

03 9015 8621

mail@robkennon.com

Prahran House | Rob Kennon Architects 

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Location: Prahran, Victoria, Australia

Area: 315 sqm

Year: 2017



Architects: Rob Kennon Architects

Photography © Derek Swalwell



This project explores a new typology for open connected living. Terraced floor plates and shifting ceiling profiles adjust to the sites topography to achieve spatial qualities appropriate to the program. Large doors retract into wall cavities allowing the spaces to extend and transform into a continuous living environment.

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ROB KENNON ARCHITECTS


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Rob Kennon Architect

Rob established the practice, Rob Kennon Architects, in 2011 after years of experiences working with two of Melbourne’s most influential and respected design practices, Bates Smart and Jackson Clements Burrows. Prior to that, Rob worked with Bochsler & Partners.

Rob graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Planning and Design (First Class Honours) and a Master of Architecture. He was awarded the Ernest Fooks Memorial Award for Design and was selected in the Dean’s Honours List.

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Studio 1, Level 1,156 George StFitzroy Vic 3065

03 9015 8621

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The Mills house#project343 | mckimm

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Location: Hampton, Victoria, Australia

Year: 2017



Architects: mckimm

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the mills #project343 encompasses a pair of rectilinear volumes stacked atop one another, giving the home the identity of contemporary design. offering naturally illuminated spaces that provide functionality and carefully considered zoning, the mills project provides an introspective aspect and a welcoming home to a family of four.

The distinct architectural layering of concrete, zinc and cedar, add warmth and texture to the project. Internally, an American Oak staircase grounded by an off-form concrete wall is shadowed by double height windows, allowing natural light to flood into the main passageway. Features such as a teal velvet breakfast seat add another dimension to the design of the project and a juxtaposition to the neutral kitchen palette favoured by the clients.

With expansive corridors and clever integration between zones, the Mills house establishes a spatial continuity between the main living areas. Clean lines and symmetry were key within the cube-like structure, allowing spaces to be cleverly divided without compromising the flow between living spaces. Upstairs, an additional study, the master ensuite and three additional bedrooms, each containing their own ensuite and walk-in-robe, are anchored to the downstairs living areas by the staircase that connects the two.

The rear facade of the Mills house has the top floor shrouded in zinc, offering a textural layer to the external of the build. At the same time, full grass fenestration from both the upstairs and downstairs living areas offer views to the pool and garden areas, while flooding the north facing rear of the home in natural light.

The Mills house offers a functionally designed home with a focus on passageways that allow fluidity within the home. Transterior flow through the use of large glass sliding panels are receptive to cool and warm temperatures and create a space that is consistently adaptable to the families needs. Modern design and contemporary styling give character to the home and offer a comfortable living environment for the family to enjoy for years to come.

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MCKIMM


mckimm was established by Nick McKimm over 25 years ago. Nick’s appreciation for detailing and architecture, complimented by quality construction, has seen mckimm continue to grow and it is now renowned for being one of Melbourne’s most accomplished residential design and construction practices.

Over the past ten years, the design component of the company has seen substantial growth and today offers a full residential design service. The construction knowledge and expertise, combined with Principle Designer Lorenzo Garizio’s amazing design talent and textural aesthetic results in contemporary homes characterized by meticulous detailing and careful deliberation.

mckimm’s collaborative process allows for the design and construction teams to work as one with the client to achieve outstanding results.

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address

422 New Street,

Brighton,

VIC 3186

telephone

03 9592 1166

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Masuto Residence by Jamison Architects

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Location: Aberfeldie, Victoria, Australia

Area: 295 m2

Year: 2017



Architects: Jamison Architects

Design team: Mark Jamison, Angela Jamison

Photography: © Derek Swalwell


A departure from the repetitious ‘garage and driveway – build to the boundaries – feeling of confined living’  scenario, Jamison Architects were successful in negotiating with local council a duplex design that challenged the town planning parameters for the sake of better design. Negotiations with council enabled better streetscape appeal for the clients and the neighbourhood, and importantly better solar aspect and privacy for the duplexes. Ultimately these creative design solutions have resulted in more liveable and enjoyable spaces for the clients who now call this “home”. A rich palette of finishes and textural qualities unifies the design both inside and out. Most noticeable is the black ash stained timber cladding which conceals the garage doors and runs internally down one side of the hallway which is punctuated with recessed joinery, seating and the main staircase. It draws one through the home leading them to the bright, light filled living spaces and tranquil rear sanctuary complete with garden, alfresco entertaining space and pool. ‘Masuto’ enjoys the benefits of passive solar design including energy efficient natural lighting, cross-ventilation, heating and cooling with a wonderful connection to the outdoor landscape.  It is functional, sophisticated, efficient in its use of space and a joy to live in.

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Jamison Architects


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Jamison Architects

Jamison Architects, led by Angela and Mark Jamison, both registered architects with over 20 years architectural experience each, is based on the Gold Coast. Jamison Architects is a member of the Australian Institute of Architects and has completed projects in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria and is registered with the Board of Architects in each of these states. Having worked for a variety of local and internationally renowned architectural practices in Australia, Singapore and the UK, Mark and Angela formed Jamison Architects; a design studio where their own individual experiences, strengths and styles could work together creatively and collaboratively enriching each project for the greater benefit of the client. MORE


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T    07 56 325 365
M  0413 275 730
E    info@jamisonarchitects.com.au


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Malvern house by Rob Kennon Architects

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Location: Malvern, Victoria, Australia

Area: 236 SQM

Year: 2017



Architects: Rob Kennon Architects 

Photography: © Derek Swalwell


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ROB KENNON ARCHITECTS


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M.Arch B.PD AIA

Rob established the practice, Rob Kennon Architects, in 2011 after years of experiences working with two of Melbourne’s most influential and respected design practices, Bates Smart and Jackson Clements Burrows. Prior to that, Rob worked with Bochsler & Partners.

Rob graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Planning and Design (First Class Honours) and a Master of Architecture. He was awarded the Ernest Fooks Memorial Award for Design and was selected in the Dean’s Honours List.

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Studio 1, Level 1,156 George St

Fitzroy Vic 3065

03 9015 8621

mail@robkennon.com


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Malvern East House by Rob Kennon Architects

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Location: Malvern East, Victoria, Australia

Area: 290 sqm

Year: 2017


Architects: Rob Kennon Architects 

Photography: © Derek Swalwell


 


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Rob Kennon Architects


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Rob
Kennon
M.Arch B.PD AIA

Rob established the practice, Rob Kennon Architects, in 2011 after years of experiences working with two of Melbourne’s most influential and respected design practices, Bates Smart and Jackson Clements Burrows. Prior to that, Rob worked with Bochsler & Partners.

Rob graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Planning and Design (First Class Honours) and a Master of Architecture. He was awarded the Ernest Fooks Memorial Award for Design and was selected in the Dean’s Honours List.

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Studio 1, Level 1,156 George StFitzroy Vic 306503 9015 8621mail@robkennon.com


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The wolseley #project328 by mckimm

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Location: Brighton, Victoria, Australia

Architects: mckimm

Photography: © Derek Swalwell



The wolseley #project328 is a unique property, designed to cater to the needs of a young family of five. the desired aesthetic for the client was one of honest material clarity and expression, allowing for intrinsic rawness within the selected materials of glass, concrete, steel and natural timber.

.Conceptually, the architectural position of the home sits in an L-shape formation, centred around a focal pool and garden zone, creating uncomplicated transterior flow. Maximising the potential of the north-west orientation of the block and the corner positioning along an adjoining laneway, the Wolseley shoulders against neighbours and welcomes a clever use of introspective architecture.

.Views from the adjoining laneway display the artistic expression of the facade and capture the extent of the Wolseley structure seamlessly, highlighting the depth and symmetry of the design. Concrete cantilevers shadow the upstairs quarters which offer beautiful views to the garden, pool area and beyond. Flooded with natural light and ventilation via a landscaped two-storey external void, the underground basement offers a retreat for family and friends and another expressional design layer to the home.

.Designed with energy rating and zoning as key requirements, the Wolseley welcomes connectivity between shared spaces and uncomplicated flow between the three levels of the home. The clients wished to enjoy and inhabit every space with daily interaction, while every part of the block needed to be captured and utilised.

.With contrast, texture and architectural layering at every turn, the Wolseley emphasises design finesse, creating an environmentally harmonious home for a young family. Accommodating functional spaces with consideration to lifestyle, contemporary styling compliments the raw texture of the finishes and brings a casual purity that personalises this family home.

 

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mckimm was established by Nick McKimm over 25 years ago. Nick’s appreciation for detailing and architecture, complimented by quality construction, has seen mckimm continue to grow and it is now renowned for being one of Melbourne’s most accomplished residential design and construction practices.

Over the past ten years, the design component of the company has seen substantial growth and today offers a full residential design service. The construction knowledge and expertise, combined with Principle Designer Lorenzo Garizio’s amazing design talent and textural aesthetic results in contemporary homes characterized by meticulous detailing and careful deliberation.

mckimm’s collaborative process allows for the design and construction teams to work as one with the client to achieve outstanding results.

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CONTACT

address

422 New Street,

Brighton,

VIC 3186

telephone

03 9592 1166

info@mckimm.com.au


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Blairgowrie 2 by inForm design

 

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Location: Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

 Year: 2014


Architects: InForm

Architect in Charge: Simon Perkins

Photography: © Hilary Bradford


This timber and glass pavilion is the second house in the development and continues the theme of coastal modernity.

Following the principles of the InForm ‘Retreat’ design, but on a larger scale, the house includes a double garage, four bedrooms and a lounge, as well as an open plan kitchen, meals and living space.

The characteristic long lineal roof plane caps the entire building, protecting the loggia and deck that extends the length of the northern exterior. A full height vertical timber screen protects the loggia from the west, and creates a dynamic front façade.

Large full height black aluminium doors connect the living areas and master bedroom to the deck and sweeping lawn beyond. The black aluminium provides a striking contrast with the smoky grey oiled timber cladding and crisp white fascias. A white concrete brick blade wall separates the entry from the loggia and extends into the living area to form the fireplace.

White oiled oak floors add an appropriate contemporary but rustic sensibility to the interior palette, which also includes stainless steel and marble bench tops, oak joinery and a white mosaic tiled splash back.

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CONTACT

229 Bay Road,
Sandringham Vic 3191
P +613 8567 3800


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