Templestowe Residence is an expansive single story home designed by Christopher Elliott Design, located in Templestowe, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. “We are all familiar with the wise saying “a stitch in time saves nine”, but this proverb does not best describe the approach taken by the previous owners of this expansive single storey house, towards the maintenance of their property. In fact the house and its gorgeous surrounding gardens; although ideally located amongst the rolling hills of Templestowe, were a veil to the outdated rooms and darkened interior that lay within.”
So by the time the current owners had purchased it they were rather overwhelmed as to how they would transform this awkward 1970’s property into a stunning home. Fear not, they called in the expert eye of Christopher Elliott; who had recently completed the design of their friend’s house.
From the onset, it was clear to Christopher a complete overhaul of the disjointed internal architecture was in order; for the existing layout didn’t take full advantage of the picturesque garden outlook and left many rooms unutilised. Christopher’s new floor plan design brought unity to the architecture and enabled a more intuitive relationship between each of the various rooms of the house. Pivotal to the new design was the decision to open large sections of the house onto the pre-existing centrally located pool and courtyard via large expansive sliding doors, installed throughout the living spaces and the master bedroom.
These modifications provided the house with a beautiful tranquil vista and some much-needed natural light; it was also the inspiration for the new colour scheme. Christopher’s new design also incorporated all of the necessary state-of-art modern conveniences and luxuries expected from a house of this calibre, which in some instances required striping the house back to its bare bones. The extensive renovation would also provide a clean backdrop for a new tailor made interior design, better suited to the client’s lifestyle.
The first phase of the project involved altering the access into the master bedroom via a newly appointed ‘parents retreat’ which was previously an unused storage space and blocking off the old entrance from the kids study area. Thus providing more privacy and separation for the clients from their two growing teenage boys, now who wouldn’t want that? Also, the remodelling of the master bedroom incorporated a spare bedroom that was transformed into a beautiful, generous walk in robe and the previous inadequately sized walk in robe and ensuite became one large ensuite with a separate toilet. As you can guess, this house was not short of space!
The second phase of the project included the complete demolition and reinstatement of the properties kitchen, study, spare bedroom, both formal and casual living/dining spaces. The massive renovation was a bold direction but took all of the previously unused areas, and there were many, transforming and simplifying them into functional, practical and enjoyable spaces with the kitchen at the heart of the design. And what a big heart it is!
The kitchen island bench alone is an impressive seven metres long, clad in a stunning ‘Super White’ marble and with a butler’s pantry come laundry extending off from the kitchen that can be completely concealed with the closing of the full height sliding door. The new design meant many of the existing internals walls were removed and subsequently new engineered support beams were required to underpin the large ‘A’ frame roof, but these were cleverly concealed behind feature timber posts. That was also aesthetically a way of partitioning adjoining spaces without totally blocking either the light or the view.
The third and final phase of the project was the most rewarding for the clients, for it is when they could finally begin to truly experience the wonderful results of Christopher’s thoughtful and meticulous design. Many of the previous decisions and choices lay the foundations of the design, but it was not until the final selection of the furniture, decoration and artwork were in place, could they fully appreciate the vision Christopher had all along.
Most of the furniture and artwork for this project were made-to-order and in some instances Christopher specifically designed pieces of furniture to suit. This process also included the commissioning of several artists’ works. One significant piece that hangs above a colourful custom-made sideboard in the dining space was a beautiful work by renowned Australian artist Andrew O’Brien. This dynamic artwork, visible from the front entrance, sets the tone for the entire house, one that is bold, brave and surprising.
Photos: Sharyn Cairns
Bluff House is a contemporary three level house designed by Auhaus Architecture, for a steeply sloping site backing onto the Barwon Heads golf course, in Victoria, Australia. The house was designed as a series of stepped interior and exterior spaces meandering upward from the street towards seclusion and views at the rear of the block.
The house and landscape are fully integrated, providing a series of fluid living zones and a continuous dialogue between the internal spaces and surrounding environment. The tapered, curved studio space, landscape entry stair and roof planters evoke the local bluff landscape, drawing you up and into the heart of the house.
The first floor living sits level with the native vegetation at the rear of the site. Roof gardens and enclosed decks increase the sense of seclusion and connection to the landscape. The natural material palette of copper, timber and concrete will age and patina over time.
Bold and stylized, the building complements the lines of the sculptural Moonah trees that surround it, while a series of fluid living zones instigates a continuous dialogue between the internal spaces and surrounding environment that has been furthered by deep-set reveals that heighten awareness of the surrounding landscape while screening out the adjoining neighbors.
Coronet Grove Residence is two story contemporary home that has been designed by Maddison Architects, built on one of the most elevated seaside locations in Beaumaris, a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The orientation and associated views played a major part in the design response, having 270-degree views of port Philip Bay. These conditions presented a major dichotomy however as the view is to the south. The imperative to therefore place living spaces on the south to capture the view is counter to all ESD (Environmentally Sustainable Design) principles.
A strategy was developed to split the building into two elements, a south facing cantilevered zinc clad living element and a two-story north facing masonry bedroom element. These two elements are pulled apart with a circulation zone and the roof is prised up over between these areas allowing north sun to penetrate into the living zones. The building elements are further pulled apart internally with first floor bridges spanning between them.
We had an awareness of the history of the suburb within which the house is located. Beaumaris was established in the 1950’s and 60’s and has a heritage of experimental architecture from that period. Beaumaris was in the 50’s, the Mornington Peninsular of today. Architects such as Mcglashan and Everest, Chancellor and Patrick, Mockridge Stahle and Mitchell , David Godsell and later Neil Clerehan and Baird Cuthbert Mitchell created incisive original architecture. Our design response therefore acknowledges this historical context.
A skeletal PFC steel frame is expressed internally and externally to accentuate openings. This steel frame provides a fineness and legibility. The use of expressed steel work has its heritage in the 50’s when steel framing became available as an affordable extruded section. A ‘cloak’ of building fabric is hung from the PFC frame in the Coronet Grove Residence. The north facing Bedroom element has its alabaster sawn block work framed and supported by the PFC Steel. Windows in this building part are accentuated with 250mm deep incisive window frames. These provide a strong horizontal window composition.
Black zinc cladding wraps around the elevated southern living element. This cantilevered ‘tube’ hovers on an enormous Universal Steel Channel. The form of this element responds to the lookout nature of its use. The inclined cladding and inclined ends imply movement and provide a counterpoint to the static nature of the block work northern bedroom element. Intermediary spaces are generally clad in spotted-gum ship lap lining boards.
The concept of discreet North and South building elements is further emphasized internally with the PFC expression and concrete block work continuing in the circulation spaces. An emphasis was placed on embracing a cohesive response between the architecture and interior, where a materials run seamlessly from outside to inside. Other prerogatives regarding durability were also considered given the seaside location. This provided a further pragmatic overlay to all material and finished selections. All finishes had to pass strict minimal maintenance criteria.
Principals of sustainability include. The northern portion of the roof is lifted to allow a controlled sun penetration into the living areas. A thermal chimney is employed. The house can be purged through remote controlled highlight windows at night. External operable aluminium louvers provide sun control on all northeast and west windows and therefore minimize the heat load and damage to finishes internally. A geo-thermal bore is used to heat the swimming pool and internal spaces. A 20,000-litre subterranean water tank is used to collect all roof water runoff. A C bus lighting control system is used throughout to minimize power use. Low e glass is used throughout. Low energy led and florescent lighting sources are used throughout. Native planting is used throughout.
This project was cost managed by the builder owner with alternative materials, fittings and fixtures being requested for all selections. Accordingly, the project has been carefully cost scrutinized without loss of the original design intent.
Vintage House Daylesford is an 1860s miner’s cottage that has been completely restored and re-designed by interior designer Kali Cavanagh, located on the border of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, Victoria, Australia. Surrounded by various established trees, Vintage House Daylesford sits high on almost an acre of land with views over Wombat State Forest and Doctors Gully.
The home is available to rent as luxury accommodation and location hire. The house and studio currently sleep a maximum of 6 people, with rates ranging from $620 – $2,740, depending on whether you want to stay one night or a week, from here.
Sit in the leather chesterfield sofas and enjoy a glass of wine by the unique 1800’s cast iron fireplace from France. Original French CAFE sign sits above. Surrounded by many industrial furniture finds from the US.
Completely restored and re-designed with love to highlight the original features of the house. Combining the use of wood, metals and shades of white, black and everything in between to bring new life to the cottage. Finished with antique, vintage and industrial furniture and artwork from around the globe.
An old post office table from England made in the 1700’s sits with industrial wooden chairs and a leather chesterfield banquette. Seats eight. Large original stable doors open up to the side garden which holds a fire pit and an over-sized custom designed outdoor table made from oak and metal.
The layout of the house was re-designed to enjoy open plan living.
Cook up a feast in the restored 1920’s gas Chambers oven from the US which sits pride of place in the center of the kitchen. A double butler sink, dishwasher, industrial lighting also from the US along with custom made lighting. Old church doors were restored to house the fridge. Custom designed island bench made from old industrial metal legs and separate wood top is a perfect place for breakfast.
Each room has been carefully considered and designed. With three bedrooms and three bathrooms in total.
Two bedrooms have been combined to create the ultimate bedroom and en-suite! Featuring a king sized bed and luxury linens from the US. Enjoy a soak in an original claw foot bath before bed or shower in the en-suite bathroom which you enter through restored barn doors.
Enjoy sleeping in the ‘grey room’ with high ceilings, luxury linens surrounded by antique and industrial furniture and art from the US, France and the UK.
Lie back and enjoy the view in an over-sized bath big enough for two! It features a marble surround and large shower head from the UK. The large industrial window opens up fully to the nature surrounds.
Custom designed window, bench and mirror make the bathroom unique – combining industrial vintage pieces with new metal and materials to create the ultimate bathroom for a weekend away.
Vintage House Daylesford sits on just under an acre of land. The garden studio makes up a very private 3rd bedroom, complete with queen bed, luxury linens, original artwork from an old garage in the US and industrial pendant lighting.
An over-sized claw foot bath with shower looks out a large wall of glass to the valley below. Also contains a separate toilet, reverse cycle heating and air-conditioning and wall mounted TV to make the studio the perfect romantic hideaway!
The house and studio sit on almost an acre of land with large established willow trees, pine trees and many fruit trees including plums, lemons, apples and olive trees.
Photos: Armelle Habib
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