Flemington House / Resables Architect
Manufacturer: Vectorworks, Brodware, Classic ceramic, Defagio tiles and stones, Nemo writing, Smeg, Sfera, APLO, Bumstone, Bosch, Lampede Marseille Mini
A description of the text provided by the architect. This 1940s semi-detached brick house in Melbourne, Australia has been cherished by the same family since it was first built. The great-grandfather of the original owner, the current owner, was keen to respect the heritage in as many ways as possible. Throughout its long history, the house remained largely untouched, so many of its lovely old features were still intact. But it’s time for every home to overhaul to bring old kitchens and degraded bathrooms to modern living standards and provide longevity.
The most difficult design aspect of this project was choosing which heritage aspect to use and which heritage aspect to let go for inspiration. It’s a delicate line between respecting the past and building a home that fits the present and the future. The overall layout is a good example of this. The combination of an open kitchen and food is the opposite of the way homes were built and planned in Australia in the 1940s, but now it’s very important to share these spaces and connect them outdoors. I am.
As with many details, the material was primarily inspired by references to existing homes and the construction of the era. In addition to the kitchen colors, we designed a modern grooved glass cabinet display and used the same glass for the bathroom glass. Ceramic tiles with square glaze and steel windows were also clues from that era. Brick was used for a small extension with subtle stack bond details on the edge of the wall. In addition to the terrazo tiles on the floor of the north façade and the windows of the steel frame corresponding to the backyard.
The existing building directed the design, including modifications and expansions. The front entry, bedroom and living room were maintained. Behind the house, the open plan area is more suitable, with the interior completely destroyed, this area a little larger, the service room moved, relocated, replaced, and a new kitchen and dining area opened in the newly landscaped backyard. I made it a modern standard.