Location: Albert Park VIC
Function: Family Home
Structural engineer: Clive Steele Partners
Architect: Matt Gibson Architecture + Design
Photographer: Shannon McGrath
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Victorian-era grace meets 21st century family and environmental values in a stunning extension to a double-fronted Melbourne home. The four rooms of the original residence have been restored and repurposed as the formal zone and a guest suite.
The Baltic timber central hallway leads directly into the new extension which houses the kitchen, family and living areas on the ground level, bedrooms above, and a cinema and cellar below.
Complementing the heritage brickwork are Daniel Robertson Traditional Roman (50mm high) clay bricks in Red Blend, a key component in a rich material palette that includes bluestone, zinc, timber and glass.
The name Abstract House is a reference to the way the new built forms, their diverse materiality and colours pick-up on aspects of the original design.
“The new works utilise the materials, colours and textures of the original and ‘abstract’ them within the interior and exterior at the rear,” architect Matt Gibson explains.
Daniel Robertson Traditional Roman clay bricks
These highly-textured bricks have been developed and refined through generations of brickmaking, their rustic charm drawing on a classic Australian palette of vibrant reds, bright apricots and buffs.
Colour: Red Blend