Middle Park House

Sep 28, 2012
  • Article by Online Editor
  • Photography by Derek Swalwell
  • Designer Kerry Phelan Design Office
  • Architect Chamberlain Javens Architects

This residence in Melbourne’s Middle Park has undergone a series of renovations over the past century. The original Edwardian home was converted into apartments during the 1930s, which were then remodelled into a substantial family home during the 1980s. The brief for the project was to restore the Art Deco facade, retain the home’s existing footprint and add a new, third storey.

Located directly opposite the beach, the home is filled with natural light that subtly shifts over the course of the day. Morning sun strikes the garden aspect, while in the late afternoon the sun sets over the bay. As a result, the interior is conceived as a series of calm and distinct spaces that are articulated by the light. Joinery has been placed to create individual spaces, yet also allow views to flow from room to room and out to the horizon beyond.

Understated tones are achieved by a neutral material palette, which also shifts with the play of light at different times of the day. The overall feeling is extremely soft – creating an intimate, warm and inviting family home that remains connected to the sea, sky and garden beyond.

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