It is one of the biggest challenges facing designers – how to integrate traditional and contemporary and make it fit for now. Pastiche doesn’t work, nor does simply ignoring the original. This house shows one way of mixing new with old, with an end result that is functional and fabulous.
The existing house is a typical, Eastern Australian 1920s bungalow, highly decorative to the street, or public, elevation. In stark contrast, the side elevations of the house were – originally – completely unadorned. The new addition to the rear takes its cue from this diminution in decoration and presents a flat elevation to the rear garden; a simple box form with playful, cut outs for windows. Within, the decorative elements lessen too; the walls become simple planes dressed in white, the free-standing kitchen units stand on a poured concrete floor. All that is left to add are lovely pieces of furniture and a family.
Hence, ‘the public face of the house is decorative and frilly, while the private face is quiet, honest and unadorned. It is the unpretentious face of private family life’.
House Boone Murray by Tribe Studio Architects via
Photographs, Peter Bennetts
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this is just lovely, I can imagine my family living there [wishful], (just need to add clutter) – that rug in the living room is beautiful!
yes, the appeal lies in the fact that you can just imagine family life in this home (unlike perhaps, my latest post – sculpture house, which is rather daunting…!). nice rug – wonder where it’s from?
the rug could be from Loom, as it’s an Aussie home, not in the current collection though. They don’t deliver outside Oz, I have checked and begged : ( http://www.loomrugs.com.au/
ooo, what fabulous rugs! i wasn’t familiar with Loom (despite my australian heritage); thanks for the link. why on earth don’t they ship??!!
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