The urban design of this inner city home in Melbourne is a clear expression of both the home owner and the architects aesthetic sensibilities. The project team from Kennedy Nolan Architects, Patrick Kennedy, Rachel Nolan, Victoria Reeves and Adriana Hanna have also successfully ensured the interior of the highly exposed site, bound by street, lane and park on three sides, is both private and protected from the external elements of living in an urban environment.
While materials have been chosen to add texture and durability, white painted brick walls in both the exterior and interior suggest an inner city warehouse feel. The blonde timber flooring, wall cladding and cabinetry creates a sense of warmth once inside. Personally we love the bluestone ‘crazy paving’ floors that flow from the outside courtyard area furnished with yellow butterfly chairs and an open fireplace into the dining and living area thats steps down off the kitchen.
The ancient old gum tree that butts up along the wall outside acts as a protector of sorts and poetically anchors the urban environment to nature.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Derek Swalwell