Anchored by a stone façade and tower formation, Gascoigne sees a solidified consistency bind the existing with the new. Lucy Clemenger Architects connect the varying eras of the home through a shared materiality that draws from an Australian flora palette.
The original home, located in Melbourne’s Malvern East, was designed and built in the 1890s. The ornate detailing reflected the Federation style of its time, while several previous additions to the main house had missed the opportunity to extend the home’s grandeur outward. As a realigning of purpose, Lucy Clemenger Architects’ renovation and extension embark on a new chapter that connects past and present.
The generous new addition to the rear overlays a contemporary expression of how we live – combining the living, dining and kitchen spaces into one, while openly engaging with the landscape that it is immersed within. The Ross Gardam Nebulae horizontal chandelier hangs above the dining table.
Retaining the existing formal front rooms of the stately home, the original features have been restored to ensure a continued legacy. Replacing the existing additions, a new series of more contemporary and linear forms connect through an expressed terrace. Its composition of stone acts as a solidifying and grounding element. Outlining the new form and directing views and movement into the new garden, a combined living, dining and kitchen space creates an opportunity to bring the occupants together.
The open courtyard space is an expression of the junction between old and new, signalling an integration of the natural as a core experience in the home. Newly designed by Fiona Brockhoff Design, the landscape provides a buffer between the home and the neighbouring residences while taking full advantage of the established surroundings and treetop canopies. Through directed and framed openings internally, the interior then feels enlivened by a constant connection beyond the home.
Expressing the connection between old and new, an open courtyard space sits centrally and marks the departure between the two, while bringing in ample light and a biophilic connection. Pictured: the Carl Hansen & Søn OW150 daybed.
A nod to the historical origins and a handcrafted approach carries through into the new, while the added elements are expressed through a crisp and refined lens. A connection to the palette in the surrounding native plantings and landscape inspired the selection of materials and finishes, ensuring a muted, sensitive approach connects each of the spaces.
By assessing the site as a considered whole and how best to engage with the natural elements, Gascoigne emerges as the conduit to bring people together among a lush landscape setting. Lucy Clemenger Architects draw from the historic elements and the existing narrative and propose a lasting, timeless home.