Bay Pavilion by Brahman Perera

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    Bay Pavilion by Brahman Perera has been realised through the deliberate consolidation of architectural and interior design intents of fundamentally disparate narratives.

    At the intuitive hands of Melbourne-based interior designer Brahman Perera, the home orchestrates an uncommon curation of antipodean layers — deeply ambient colours and boldly tactile materiality temper the elemental beauty of the architecture and define this as an enduring family home. 

    Brighton, a bayside suburb of Melbourne, has a rich and diverse residential landscape. Imposing Edwardians, eminently contemporary new builds and exquisite Victorians coax a restrained eclecticism from streets lined by mature myrtles. The urban forest and salty coastal ambience provide a sense of place linked to nostalgia unifying the myriad facets of the area’s built environment and introducing affluent ease. These are the very sentiments echoed at Bay Pavilion.

    Designed by De Natris Architecture, Bay Pavilion is a crisp expression of modernist aesthetics with a hint of Aristotle’s philosophy on beauty — order, symmetry and definiteness. Built for a family of six, the interior of the home is an expansive study in monochrome with the lower level conceived as a Meisan glass pavilion with a glazed perimeter harnessing a gallery-like arrangement of spaces.

    Soaring white ceilings, mirror-like chrome columns, silvered stone floors and walls of translucent curtains contain volumes that pose infinite potential and possibility. The simplicity alluding to the purity found in the perfect symmetry and timelessness of truly enduring architecture.   

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    Chrome, stone and large expanses of glazing are softened by furniture, lighting and artwork of sophisticated opulence and tactility. In the dining space, cues from the kitchen’s monolithic stone benchtop and splashback have informed the curved Articolo Long Scandal Pendant, and the infusion of bold colour seen in the burgundy legs and walnut top of the large family meals table by Michael Anastassiades for Cassina.

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    The overtly 3D fabric of a Gervasoni Nuvola 05 Armchair in graphite coaxes relaxation in a vignette completed by sumptuous silk underfoot, sculpted furniture pieces and the resonant vista in the Meg Walters artwork ‘Worn Land, Weary Soul’.

    Brahman’s response to the highly resolved architecture was immediate. The clients — a couple and their four children — are well versed in the built industries and were able to draw on their experience to employ valuable foresight. While the architecture will mediate decades and continue to abide by principles of construction quality and aesthetic purity, the interior design draws on poignant inclinations and life’s authenticities ensuring this is, first and foremost, a warm and resilient family home. 

    Sophisticated curves, sculptural forms, colour and opulent textiles are composed to juxtapose the linear strength of the rooms. Vignette’s of furniture, lighting and artwork are evocative invitations to sit, eat, read. There is a thoughtful allowance at Bay Pavilion for breathing space. It’s an intent that is often lost within the more immediate aesthetic and schematic values of interior design and is a testament to Brahman’s capacity for imparting beauty wrapped around pragmatics.

    Living spaces on the ground floor are anchored by the kitchen at its core. Unlike the lightness of the surrounding architecture, the architect has harnessed a heady density in the kitchen entirely credited to the monolithic stone island and benchtops in earthy dark hues which are seamlessly carried up through the splashback with much of the joinery integrated behind similarly toned natural timbers. Brahman has perfectly juxtaposed the forms and volumes of the kitchen via a large family meals table which follows the line of the island bench while offsetting its heaviness with a subtle lightness. The colour accent on the table’s legs reinstates this as a family space injected with personality, beauty and usability.

    Essential to the brief for Bay Pavilion was the orchestration of spaces that supported both the younger as well as the adult member of the family. While the furniture and lighting were chosen for durability as much as beauty, a dedicated parents retreat was integral. Tucked beyond a stone wall that sails from entry to interior, a rich and tactile landscape of furniture, art and décor unfolds. A russet silk rug adds warmth and opulence, while sculpted furniture pieces play with scale and form to soften the rectilinear footprint of the architecture. Thoughtful concessions to both privacy and togetherness mean that the ground floor of Bay Pavilion hosts many scenarios’s maintaining a connection between family members that keeps them from gravitating to the upper levels behind closed bedroom doors. 

    Bay Pavilion, like the trees that line the streets and salt that permeates the air of Brighton, is also a bridge. One that forges pathways between disciplines, aesthetics and the myriad phases that make up a life well-lived. It’s current archetype perfectly supports the young family growing within and yet, the bones of the home will hold up to any purpose the inhabitants place upon it. This enduring nature, guided by an acknowledgement of the philosophy of beauty, is possibly the true definition of sustainability. 

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    The master bedroom features USM Haller Bedside‘s in Steel Blue, Anchor Ceramic planters, Mantis Table Light, DCW Editions and bed linen from Bed Threads. Artwork – V06 Eternal Shift by Greg Wood.

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One comment on “Bay Pavilion by Brahman Perera

  1. I really enjoyed the article on the Bay Pavilion by Brahman Perera. Such a beautiful and subtle use of absolutely gorgeous colours.

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