As we saw in their Northcote House, Melanie Beynon Architecture & Design focus on allowing families to coexist in less space through carefully orchestrated alternations and additions. In this Toorak Home, the interiors were rearranged to reflect the family’s lifestyle, centring on an open kitchen, living and dining space that was previously separated; a common feature in pre-1980s homes. They also introduced intimate living spaces, two bathrooms with freestanding baths and a central ‘mud room’. Additional skylights douse the communal spaces in natural light and new timber-framed openings bring views of the garden within.
The home remains true to its Midcentury modern aesthetic while respecting the client’s wish for a tactile and robust palette. In the kitchen, Melanie Beynon and her team selected Tasmanian oak veneer with Corain surfaces and solid, handcrafted timber battens to create a sculptural island. “Swirling Corian balanced with natural timber draw on the original oak flooring preserved under the carpet,” Melanie says. “The use of rounded form in the kitchen island and glossy pendant over the top anchors the new shared kitchen, living and dining space,” she adds. Circular wall lights from Inlite are another nod to the round theme in each space. Playful details for the kids can be found in the bathroom with the electric-coloured, retro-inspiredCement Terrazzo Multi Circle tiles.
Melanie Beynon Architecture & Design have preserved the architectural legacy of this Midcentury home, ensuring it stays relevant for generations to come through their thoughtful, family-proof intervention.