Located in South Yarra on a site that opens onto a laneway, this is an architect’s own house with plenty of natural light and a clever use of space.
The project by Lande Architects involved renovating a single-fronted Victorian house, and some motifs from the original house are echoed in the design, such as the curved face of the kitchen island and oval skylight above the bath.
A main concern in the redesign was to bring more light into the architect’s own house and to open it up to the laneway, which is rich in planting and greenery. This was achieved through a double-height void in the living space, the light from which is borrowed by many areas of the house, including the upstairs master bedroom.
The open-plan living space then steps down onto a courtyard with gates that can be swung open to the laneway. Aa an architect’s own house, spaces flow into one another effortlessly and the furniture seems at one with the architecture.
With the kitchen at the heart of the home, its design needed to be free of visual clutter. Fisher & Paykel appliances were integrated into the cabinetry to ensure a clean, fuss-free kitchen design. The Fisher & Paykel fridge appears as part of the structured pod that holds up the first floor, and the induction cooktop and touch screen oven accentuate the sleek detailing of the kitchen. The homeowners are avid cooks and entertainers, so the appliances also needed to be user-friendly and allow for the creation of large meals.
The interior design is reflective of the contemporary architecture, as expected of an architect’s own house. A pale green in the central kitchen reflects the greenery outdoors. The furniture choices throughout are carefully considered and subtle, with a soft colour palette and Scandinavian timber tones.
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Architecture and Interior Design by Lande Architects.
Featuring Kitchen Appliances from Fisher & Paykel.
Photography by Dave Kulesza.
Styling by The Styling Kind.
Build by Standout Projects.
Filmed and Edited by Cheer Squad Film Co.
Production by The Local Project.
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