The four bedroom and two bathroom family home was once a large warehouse and in its latest avatar it combines its past heritage with contemporary comfort cheerful living space and a serene leafy terrace. The result is truly spectacular as one gets to enjoy the best of Melbourne even while escaping the stereotypical city life.
GITC arquitectura turned to a concrete plinth to give the home a structurally sound base with Chilean wood glass and concrete shaping the interior. It is the first level of the house that contains the double height living area along with other public spaces while the second level holds the expansive bedrooms along with the bathrooms. Confined to the basement are the music room recreational zones home theater and other fun spaces. A beautiful stairwell connects the various levels even while allowing for unhindered flow of light.
Large glass windows open up the private zones of the house to the ocean view outside while the street façade of the retreat benefits from a retaining wall that provides privacy. Repetitive pod-like design of both the public and private units gives the structure a contemporary look with large walls of shelves and cabinets adding ample storage and display space.
It is the new top level that now holds three comfortable bedrooms with an ocean view along with bathrooms and other private areas. A front and rear balcony on this level allow the homeowners to take in the beautiful scenery outside.
A modern lounge that links two traditional heritage structures that are part of a beautiful home is hardly the place where one would expect to see something as Audacious as the. Designed by Damian Rogers Architecture the sculptural silhouette of this dashing lounge stands out instantly even as the street façade of the house is left largely undisturbed. The glazed roof with metallic edge brings the greenery around the spacious lounge and the outdoor deck inside even while keeping out the hot sun.
Construction materials like the high recycled content composite siding and white stucco ensure that the searing heat of Orangevale does not cause quick damage to the exterior despite the openness of the design. A home that is smart sensible and responsive to the local climate!
The house seems to blend in with the greenery that surrounds it and the living area seamlessly flows into the yard outside. Midcentury décor and pops of red and orange accentuate the ‘classic’ nature of design with the bedroom wing exuding a cozier and less open vibe.