As a designer stylistic periods affect our aesthetic in different ways – be that modernism, brutalism or minimalism to name but three. For me, Art Deco above all else inspires and speaks to my aesthetic above all others.
This home in Melbourne, Australia has lived serval lives within its existence as a dwelling. The original Edwardian home was converted into apartments in the 1930s and then a substantial family home in the 1980’s. The brief for KPDO was to restore the Art Deco facade, retain the existing footprint and add a third level.
The house is located directly opposite the beach in Middle Park, Victoria and is constantly filled with beautiful sunshine. This solar access led to the design of a series of calm spaces which are articulated by light.
The planning has been carefully considered to create a series of distinct rooms, rather than an open plan. Joinery is placed to create spaces, but still allow views to flow from room to room and then to the horizon.
Materials have been selected to provide understated tones within a neutral palette. The neutral colour palette supports the play of light at different times of day. The overall feeling is extremely soft and feels visually and emotionally connected to the site context. At the same time the house has a feeling of intimacy & warmth, perfect for family living.
Story by Nic-Kaiko Follow him on Instagram kaiko_design
Photographs: Derek Swalwell