Albert Park Residence

Aug 1, 2013
  • Article by Online Editor
  • Photography by Shannon McGrath
  • Designer Beatrix Rowe Interior Design

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.

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06 Sep 13 at 2:34 PM Adrian Bonomi Architect

Nice work Beatrix. I love your interpretation of a saw horse in the island bench!

18 Jan 15 at 9:57 AM • Amanda Darcy

Hi Beatrix,
I love your treatment of this house in Albert park. it is lovely.
I was wondering if you could please share your source for the bed in the master suite. I have been looking for a bed for my own master for ages and this one looks just the ticket.
Amanda Darcy


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