Following the client’s need for a home that would become a backdrop for an “honest, practical and comfort driven” lifestyle, architect (and 2015 Belle Interior Designer of the Year), Matt Gibson designed a home that speaks not only of the client’s need but also of the Australian way of living.
The program for the house is devised around a connected hierarchy of volumes that reveals, as Gibson puts it “a sequence of spaces combining compactness and expansiveness.” Added to this, the materials palate is graphic and honest with timber, concrete, steel and stonework used throughout. This is particularly successful in the kitchen where the dark joinery is contrasted again the warm timber ceiling and concrete island bench perfect.
Though there is a definite nod toward the mid-century aesthetic, the furniture throughout is modern and fresh with clean lines and subtle proportions, which compliments the architecture of the house. Following on from the client brief and having realised the design, Gibson has created a home that is not only comfortable and practical, but connects freely to the surrounding yard and in doing so has created home that is a classic Australian story.
Story by Brendan Guy, follow him on Instagram MrBrendanGuy
Images: Derek Swalwell