Architecture: George Street Residence

Mar 26, 2010
  • Article by Online Editor
  • Photography by Jesse Marlow
  • Designer
  • Architect Nest Architects

The George St Residence is made up of a sequence of warm, humble spaces that celebrate the identity and personality of the clients. For a very modest budget ($600,000), and in a very short time frame (two months sketch design; two months documentation and town planning), we helped create internal spaces that reflect the clients and their needs.

The house is sophisticated in its spatial arrangement, yet a delight to inhabit. The philosophy behind the design was simple: the clients are warm, generous people who wanted sophisticated spaces that went beyond the dull idiom of ‘open plan living’. The internal spaces were designed to be inviting and comfortable, with recycled and textured fixtures, materials and furniture used instead of overly glossy and artificial finishes. Spaces were arranged to gently overlap one another, avoiding an open plan feeling that felt disingenuous to the way we — and our clients — understood the world. Discreet rooms allow for activities and experiences often compromised in large shared spaces, while at the same time allowing views into different spaces to ensure occupants feel connected.

*Team* Architects: Emilio Fuscaldo, Imogen Pullar

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08 Apr 10 at 9:42 PM • Adrian

Hi Emilio & Imogen

Nice work and sounds like a great experience for you! I like the timberwork. Can you confirm the floor area / garage area?

Best, Adrian

13 Apr 10 at 4:07 AM • Emilio Fuscaldo

Hi Adrain, thanks for the comments, the timber was a bugger to detail!

Ground floor total area is 246sqm (204 of house & 42 of garage). First floor is about 35sqm. The house hase a basement as well which is about 16sqm.


28 Apr 10 at 11:57 PM • Chris

Hello Nest Team,
The house looks great, particularly the kitchen. Has a modern country feel to it, very warm and inviting.
Where abouts did you source the timber from…and what species is it? I am considering it for some joinery in our lounge room and like the clean grain as well as the colour.

31 May 10 at 2:36 AM • Emilio Fuscaldo

Hi Chris

The timber is a called Messmate, which is an assortment of Victorian hardwoods.


25 Nov 10 at 10:27 PM • Luke Rabl

Hello team at Nest,
l drove past the house on the weekend and was astonished at how beautiful the renovation work is. It is subtle and the use of exterior timber is amazing.
what sort of timber did you use for the cladding on the new section of house?
Once again, a very beautiful house.


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