While we'll forever be fans of the minimal and tonal Scandinavian design or the regal and refined Parisian interiors, there's one region the entire MyDomaine team continually obsess over: Australian design. There's something incredibly fresh, unique, and original about their approach. Australians also prefer a clean and casual approach, yet their use of color and space is what really sets them apart. They take all of the best elements of design from around the world and fuse it into a very potent, sensory space that is just as much about aesthetics as it is the experience.
This contemporary Brighton East residence in Melbourne (designed by Robson Rak Architects) delivers all the practical elements a busy family (that loves entertaining) needs along with the beauty. While elegant and fragile to the eye, this home has a fairly robust mix of materials including rammed earth, concrete, timber, and marble. This home is a dynamic, textural and engaging masterpiece. Take a look for yourself. We dare you not to pin everything.
Principal architect Kathryn Robson tells me the living areas are really the heart of this home. "For these areas, we selected hardwearing materials such as concrete flooring and rammed-earth interior walls," she says. "To add some warmth and intrigue, we created an undulating timber-clad ceiling, which serves to create a cave-like atmosphere."
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Opting for concrete and rammed earth as the primary elements for the interior also meant that Robson could take advantage of the environmental benefits of these materials. "The dwelling features double-glazed windows and doors, which are strategically placed to allow direct sunlight to reach concrete floors and rammed-earth walls, which collect and store solar heat in the winter," she says.
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In the summer months, operable windows and sliding doors capture cross-ventilation from cool breezes and limit daytime heat gain by protecting the interior spaces from the western sun.
"The challenge of this project was to ensure that the interiors were suitably robust and hardwearing so that they could accommodate a family with three boys," says Robson. "The house needed to easily absorb the mess of everyday life yet still feel sophisticated and welcoming. The intention was to employ pared-back and restrained aesthetic that would still feel luxurious and inviting."
Since Robson was designing a home for a family with four school-age boys, she saw a need to "balance the masculine elements with a softer feminine presence." To do that, they separated the main living areas by a long hallway to include a dedicated "ladies lounge." She adds: "This provides a soft, feminine lounging space that serves as a retreat from the larger living spaces. The ladies lounge features a pale marble fireplace and feels light, bright and airy."
Each room is carefully considered to maximize light and space wherever possible.
This also meant utilizing light colors to provide a seemingly endless, open space. It also creates that indoor/outdoor experience which is quintessentially Australian.
Although minimal by design, the kitchen and dining area still exudes warmth thanks to the abundance of natural light and warm materials.
Varying surface textures are also a highlight of this home. Matte is mixed with organic and shine to diversify the experience. Every sense is considered.
With a family of four boys, keeping decorative items to a minimum keeps things simple and organized. A little calm among the chaos.
The slight tonal variation in the tiles brings in pattern without being too loud or overbearing. This is a classic style that will withstand the test of time and a busy family.
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