Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Middle Park House in Victoria, Australia by Mitsuori Architects
October 7th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Mitsuori Architects
This renovation and addition to an existing Victorian home in inner bayside Melbourne responds to the changing needs of an active, growing family and creates flexible and relaxed spaces for them to inhabit for many years to come. This project includes renovation to the existing historical building and the addition of a double storey extension to create a multi-zoned family home. Aesthetically, the new building was to remind them subtly of family holidays to the beach.
The new addition merges into the existing house to reduce visibility from the street and minimise its impact on the rear garden and neighbouring properties. The existing rooms are transformed into a master bedroom area with new ensuite discreetly inserted between the existing building and boundary wall. An open study area and feature stair are set within a sculptural double height void which becomes a transition point between old and new.
The new addition features a large open plan living space at ground level and a children’s zone on the first floor. A spacious living and entertaining space is designed to allow flexibility of furniture arrangement and features a full width sliding glass wall opening onto a rear terrace and garden.
Natural materials and textures are used throughout the project. These include durable Australian Ironbark timber cladding and screens, polished concrete floors, stone and timber are used internally to create comfortable, robust and low maintenance spaces. Soft whites, muted color tones, natural timbers and dark polished concrete are used to create a sophisticated yet relaxed urban family home.
• Transformation of a Victorian double fronted house into a flexible multi-zoned family
This project was designed to respond to our clients desire to create a family home that would work for them now and into the future. They simply didn’t want their children to outgrow the house but be encouraged to bring their friends home and enjoy inhabiting it . A focus on creating comfortable, robust communal living spaces that reminded the family of time spent together was a key design driver for this project.
Mitsuori Architects is a design led practice founded by Melissa Lim & Matthew Murfett. We design high quality architecture that merges aesthetic values with careful planning and thoughtful detailing to create buildings that are a joy to inhabit. Our directors have worked for world renowned architectural practices on major cultural, commercial, boutique residential and interior design projects in Australia, UK, Europe and the USA. Our large scale project experience is combined with the flexibility of a smaller practice, enabling us to provide our clients with the highest level of personalised service.
Mitsuori literally means ‘threefold’. To us the number three represents a kind of minimalist approach; a reminder that often the most appropriate design solution is about less not more.
Our design process is collaborative. Each piece of architecture is the result of a journey of discovery, creation and translation shared with our clients, design team and the builders who construct our buildings.
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