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- Photography by Shannon McGrath
- Designer Beatrix Rowe Interior Design
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The existing house in Melbourne’s Albert Park is a solid, grand Victorian terrace. It was apparent on the first walk through that the overall layout would just need some simple re-planning to satisfy the client’s brief, mostly taking place in the rear section of the house.
The spaces within the residence already offered an appropriate scale and proportion, so the work for this project was to make the existing grand gestures feel intimate and balanced. Internal replanning satisfied the client’s desire for the house to cater not only for the two of them when they are home on their own, but also for their regular guests and extended family. The kitchen was moved to the very rear of the house, directly connecting it to the garden and encouraging the free flow of movement from inside to out.
Walking through the house, there is a sense of changeability. The front section, contained within the boundary walls of the Victorian terrace house, is more inward looking, with the focus on the cocooning nature of the rooms. In the rear section, the house opens up to the light and bursts out of the back wall into the garden, signalling a more outward looking emphasis.
Joinery has been designed as furniture, appearing as beautiful objects in the spaces rather than merely practical, utilitarian units. Materials selected create visual warmth and a tactile, sensuous experience.
Drainage is often the forgotten workhorse of the building and design function. Yet drainage maintains a simple albeit vital purpose.