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Binnie House, Melbourne, Australia

Thursday 05 Jan 2012

Rectilinear versus curvilinear

photography by: Nik Epifanidis 
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Australian concrete meets French zinc in a dramatic contrast between the rectilinear and curvilinear 

The rectilinear ground level form is contrasted by a distinctly curvilinear first floor of this new family home in a Melbourne bayside area. In-situ concrete walls and roof provide a sharp contemporary edge to the street presence while courtyards within enhance the privacy and natural light.

Early design discussions, between the architect and clients, focused on Mies Van Der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion. Beyond this famous architect's revolutionary 20's inter-planar space a layer of ‘Boogie Nights' was added with a sunken circular lounge in the living space and a first floor free-form space wrapped in standing seam zinc.

The interiors explored a limited palette of natural materials. The pared back approach focused on oak veneer (natural and black stained), stainless steel, and natural stone. The sliding flush oak panels in the dining area elegantly reveal and conceal the storage ‘world' behind. Softening elements of sheer curtains, reflective mirrors in unusual places, warmer colour tones and atmospheric lighting, work together as a counterpoint to the harder surfaces.

The concrete walls and roof as well as the hydronic heated internal exposed concrete floors provide thermal mass for a stable internal temperature. North facing spaces are shaded from summer sun while allowing ample winter sun in. The upper level zinc is 100% recyclable and LED lighting as well as water storage has also been incorporated.

The landscaping edge to the street frontage has been left open as an association with the undulating 'dunes' of the original natural environment.

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Richard Kerr Architecture Pty Ltd

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