Is it just us or has Fitzroy become Melbourne’s most desirable inner-city postcode? Sitting pretty at the edge of the CBD, its leafy streets play host to charming heritage homes and modern renovations in equal measure – not to mention the veritable buffet of coffee shops, dining spots and boutiques that line Gertrude Street and Smith Street. In the heart of all the action lies this striking three bedroom home, known as the ‘Kaur House’, that combines innovative architecture with a pared-back marriage of materials.
Just as a recent Fitzroy home was given a sophisticated revival by Hecker Guthrie, the Kaur House was designed by award-winning Melbourne architect Andrew Maynard, known for his conceptual yet playful approach. It’s a look that’s exemplified in the soaring contemporary design of this home; vast areas of glass maximise natural light from all angles as well as showcasing the city surrounds, while an open-plan layout allows the central staircase to act as the spine of the home, weaving its way over three levels. Anchored by this shape, the design allows for communal living and dining spaces on the ground floor, while at the top a gallery walkway and angular, light-oriented windows elevate the bedrooms and bathrooms to a private, tranquil retreat.
While the architecture of the home could be loosely interpreted as a warehouse-style structure, we feel the light-capturing elements of Maynard’s design combined with the creamy white walls and sleek polished concrete floors speak more broadly to modern inner-city living, without the dark tones and rustic materials often seen in warehouse-style homes. It’s a clever decision, making the home accessible for all kinds of residents – from older families to executive couples to anyone not fazed by a couple of stairs (let’s face it, a little incidental exercise is rarely a bad thing!)
The clean lines and playful shapes of the design also make for a satisfying backdrop to one’s own personal decorating approach; whether you like to curate your own art gallery at home or like to keep it minimal, this is a space that is sure to stand out without overpowering the liveability of the home itself.
Alongside its notable architecture, the home also packs in plenty of perks, from the double-glazed windows and bespoke cabinetry throughout the home to the built-in slab hydronic heating and Sonos surround sound system that add an extra layer of luxury to everyday living.
Of course we can’t talk about this home without mentioning how spoilt for choice the lucky resident of this home will be when it comes to wining, dining and shopping. Flanked by Smith Street, Gertrude Street and Brunswick Street to the north and in easy walking distance of Melbourne’s CBD there’s no shortage of places to spend your time in this neighbourhood. Some of our favourites (to name a few) are Mina Noie for Japanese breakfasts and homewares, Smith or Brunswick Street Alimentari for coffee and pantry-filling shops, the new Le Labo boutique to uncover your new distinctive scent and The Everleigh for an expertly-crafted nightcap – and that’s just the tip of this local iceberg. Needless to say, this is not just a home but a lifestyle – and one we could certainly get used to.
Making use of the limited outdoor space afforded to inner-city homes, the secluded stone-paved rear courtyard is perfect for entertaining or simply unwinding outside, complimented by bi-fold doors and well-developed hedging greenery.