Melbourne’s Technē Architecture and Interior Design sought to deliver a contemporary renovation while remaining sympathetic to the era of this large Victorian home in Carlton.
The property – home to a couple with two young children – had recently undergone a pre-sale renovation, but the clunky and heavy-handed job had not addressed the existing problems of low natural light and limited space.
To do that, Technē demolished the addition and created a new pavilion that was larger and allowed more light to funnel into the space.
The pavilion features full-height glazing framed in black steel to create a seamless connection between the more traditional facade and the contemporary extension.
Inside, the once cramped kitchen and living area were combined for a light-filled space that can easily accommodate the family’s large dining table and opens into the garden space.
The architects were inspired by garden houses and conservatories, choosing a skillion roof to maximise the garden views and give the property a more dramatic form.
For the interiors, Technē chose a soft and minimal palette of light timbers, grey tones and contrasting black and white accents to “create a calm, light-filled space”.
“Our standout trend for the interior design aimed for a timeless aesthetic, a design that will grow and evolve with the family, with the spaces that are continuously adaptable,” says Technē interior designer Bianca Baldi.
This included curating a range of new pieces to complement certain statement pieces the family already owned. Mostly pieces with bold colours and textures, but also elements that brought a mix of raw and refined materiality throughout.
Technē also ditched the previous renovation’s faux-Carrara marble in the kitchen and bathrooms, replacing it with light floating porcelain and two soft-toned terrazzo.
The heritage plaster cornices and ceiling roses were preserved throughout, as were the five fireplaces, which were restored and complemented by a v-groove panelling on the surrounding walls.
The Carlton home is the latest from Technē Architecture and Interior Design, which was co-founded by Nick Travers and Justin Northrop.
Photography: Tom Blachford