City-dwellers understand that given the often gritty aspects of daily life, it’s a restorative reprieve that we’re searching for amidst the hyper-connectivity. A sanctuary of simplicity set against an urban milieu. In Brunswick East, design firm
What Multiplicity have illuminated in their considered references to Case Study House #8 is that the Eames concept is not reliant on location for success. That the original 1949 Eames home was built adjacent to a meadow overlooking the endless Pacific Ocean did not alter the fundamental design principals of the home, which are just as effective on a densely inhabited Melbourne street. It’s in the lean construction and deceptive simplicity of a steel framed extension that Multiplicity have transformed a once dilapidated timber bungalow into a contemporary home fit for a young family.
Retaining the Victorian cottage frontage, the two-story home is split into two halves of old and new, yet rather than creating a fractured flow, this contrast acts as a design element unto itself. A way of nudging its inhabitants, however unconsciously, into a connection with time and place. And despite the property’s south facing outlook, there is an abundance of light flowing through the addition thanks to a decisive use of glass and voided space.
Within the shell-like extension, internal volumes appear to hang from the ceiling, offering a complex system of nooks that offer family living some much sought after privacy. In a bid to maximise space, floating steel-framed cabinetry sits over hydronically-heated polished concrete flooring in the kitchen, while in the bathroom a sliding mirror allows for multiple views. The effect is both modular and bold. But despite so many geometric forms, the home retains a sense of lived-in warmth through tactile, playful accents. A floating timber staircase, white-netted feature ‘wall’, and a generous use of outdoor space all add to the overall juxtaposition of minimal and complex, warm yet distinctly cool.
The home is very befitting for its surrounds in Brunswick East, where design meets grunge to create a hotbed of creativity. A short stroll leads you to Lygon Street, where
It’s in the lean construction and deceptive simplicity of a steel framed extension that Multiplicity have transformed a once dilapidated timber bungalow into a contemporary home fit for a young family.
Open for Inspection:
- Sat, 7 Oct 10:30-11:15am
- Wed, 11 Oct 12:30-1:00pm
- Thu, 12 Oct 5:30-6:00pm
- Sat, 14 Oct 12:00-12:45pm
- Wed, 18 Oct 12:30-1:00pm
- Thursday 19 Oct 5.30-6.00pm
- Sat, 21 Oct 11:00-11:30am
- Thu, 26th Oct 5:30-6:00pm
Auction Date: Saturday 28th October at 2:30pm (open from 2:00pm)
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