Canning Street House

Posted on Thu, 16 May 2019 by midcenturyjo

“A contemporary design yet sympathetic to the Victorian era of the existing house. A new pavilion structure with a dramatic roof form creates a strong connection to the outdoors & maximises natural light. Tranquility was a key concept that we followed through with keeping the finishes and textures in a soft tone with fine black detailing through the fireplace design, curtain rails, steel windows & door framing. Light filled, elegant and robust to handle family life.”

It’s what Australian architects do so well, a modern addition to a historic building without loss of integrity or style.  Canning Street House by Technē Architecture and Interior Design.

Photography by Tom Blachford.

I’m still real estate hunting in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick. The simple Edwardian facade allows glimpses of a two storey modern extension by Preston Lane Architects. Highlights include streamlined open plan living and a seamless flow from inside to out with great al fresco living in a low maintenance garden. Link here while it lasts.

Chasing the dream – the warehouse

Posted on Tue, 14 May 2019 by midcenturyjo

I’m chasing the dream in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick where a warehouse conversion with separate studio at the rear has caught my eye. The unimposing gray facade provides no clues as to the industrial meets textural, monochrome with a hint of coastal interior. Shouldn’t work you’d think but what could have been a stark interior is warm and welcoming. Bonus is if I buy it you can come visit and stay in the cute as a button studio. Link here while it lasts.

 

The real estate agent calls it “understated opulence” and “unparalleled sophistication and luxury”, I call it a trophy home …. but sometimes we want it big and bold and worth a squillion. I strolling scrolling in Melbourne’s prestigious suburb of Toorak. Expansive city views and expansive floors and walls of marble. Add the obligatory movie theatre, gym, wine cellar, roof top entertainment area along withan underground carpark as big as many people’s homes and it’s contemporary, clean lined luxury all the way. Link here while it lasts.

This modern extension by Melbourne architects Fooman followed the client’s brief for a sustainable forever home. “The design was approached in this context; to be no bigger than required and enduring … Connection was a theme that encompassed planning and detail. A new informal side entry brings inhabitants and friends directly into the kitchen from the street. The living area joins the parents and kids zones. The expanse of glazing and detailing mitigates the distinction between indoors and out.” Timber beams and columns feature throughout along with shelving reminiscent of plumber’s pipe and scaffolding. Robust, sustainable and tactile.

Photography by Willem-Dirk du Toit.