Richmond House In Melbourne, Australia

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Jane Mullock
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The Richmond House represents a superb, modern addition to a family house in Melbourne, Australia. The new house was sketched out by Newline Design, and it includes separate living, playing and working areas that allow all family members to enjoy a relaxed and comfortable lifestyle. The addition was designed to be in harmony with the original layout while boasting brand new spaces that impress with fluidity and flexibility.

To clarify, the kitchen, living room, dining room and study are linked with one another while featuring a direct connection to the outdoors. The bedrooms and many of the amenities are found on the second floor. For a touch of originality, the ensuite and the bathroom both benefit from views of a light court that is enveloped in red glass. The light court acts as a buffer between the old and new parts of this comfortable house.

From the architect:

The original terrace home chosen was actually next door.

The one I convinced the client to buy was all about – “blue sky”.

On a corner allotment with typical multiple additions, the task was to create a new family home with work, living and play areas and to facilitate art.

The addition needed to respect the location and the original structure but also had to introduce new areas, which would be far more fluid and flexible than the traditional period stock would normally allow.

Opening walls and creating vistas internally, making connections from kitchen to living to dining to study, all to connect to the outside, was critical.

A basement cellar and retreat connected the outside via an expansive portal view into the pool and blue sky beyond.

A second storey addition needed to house sleeping and amenities.

Both ensuite and bathroom view a light court insertion clad in red glass.

The lightcourt acts as the pinch point where the friction between old and new is released. It acts as relief , a point where you can appreciate the original fabric and understand that to live on, it needs new life which comes by way of the new extension.

The pool and garden were integral to all – but everywhere “blue sky”.

Richmond is lavish, open, warm, calm, intelligent and serene.

Photos by Shannon McGrath

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