An emotional connection to site was the driving factor for ‘C Residence’ by Studio Tate, a large family home that balances spaces for intimacy and entertaining with outdoor living anchored by a well-loved blossom tree planted ten years earlier.
Having lived on the site for more than a decade, the client brief was based on experience; understanding the orientation of the land, and what they loved most about living there.
Stone walls, timber screens and black steel are softened by carefully designed gardens and a timeless interior palette; creating a home that ties in with its sophisticated location in Melbourne’s Brighton.
To establish a connection between indoors and out, a wall clad in limestone extends from the house along the entryway. Upon entering through the custom pivot door, visitors are greeted by a central stair leading to first floor bedrooms and a basement wine cellar below. Open treads and an expansive skylight above ensure all levels are flooded with light.
While the palette is largely monochromatic, custom black-brown floorboards, ebonized timber veneer joinery, Serpeggiante limestone and Cararra marble in a downstairs powder room offers a welcome explosion of colour with blue concrete floor tiles.
The polished plaster hallway wall suggests the subtle theme of customisation; further expressed through an interior palette of warm timber joinery, leather pull handles, metal elements, natural stone, and soft, circular pendants and wall sconces.
Photography by Sharyn Cairns