The renovation and subsequent extension of this split stage Caulfield household by Kister Architects is a masterclass in stability.
‘The purchasers asked for one thing enjoyable but modest, colourful with plenty of texture, but nominal with a sense of sparseness,’ claims Ilana Kister of Kister Architects.
They have been also established on paying homage to the home’s 70s roots, by keeping the style and design of the facade and the interior’s retro vibes, but eager to add a contemporary aspect.
The undertaking began as a single web page, double storey renovation, but morphed into a double web site renovation with a single storey addition when the consumers obtained a 2nd parcel of land on the adjacent block (on the southern side). The 70s break up-stage northern house was retained, when the residence on the southern block was demolished to make way for a sympathetic modern extension.
‘The emphasize of the task was the limitless possibilities discovered the moment the website doubled in dimensions,’ says Ilana.
Stretching the home on to the adjacent southern web page allowed the architects to re-think how they were being going to deliver light-weight into the new spaces, and how to include character and landscape into the dwelling.
‘Our most important worry was to preserve a constant relationship to mother nature and light-weight,’ describes Ilana. Hence, the home was made all around courtyard pockets, which body views to the backyard and ‘interesting in-between’ spaces. The sprawling yard and rising abundance of plants are noticeable from virtually each and every place inside the property, while sky lights have been strategically put to minimise the want for synthetic lighting.
To hark again to its 70s modernist beginnings, the architects utilised materials these as bronze hardware, glazing and aluminum, white aggregated concrete with blue plush and white felted carpet together with orange velvet and warm timber veneers.
‘These are offset with a layered variety of concrete render, glazed Japanese tiles, black veneer and gold wallpaper to blue the retro with a nuanced present-day palette,’ clarifies Ilana.
The mix of these two distinct, yet complementary, palettes support to blur the line among the similarly unique retro and modern pieces of the property, tying old and new jointly.
‘The structure and development of this has brought an old, weary home into a lovely contemporary haven, that embeds the family into their landscape,’ states Ilana.