Carr Architecture Pty Ltd
Drawing together extensive skill and experience from over 40 years, Carr offer an unparalleled design service to integrate the interior design services we’re internationally renowned for with an Architectural approach embodying a clarity of concept, assured legibility of design, commercial efficiency and consolidated project vision.
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South Yarra Residence
Built in 1929 the property began life as two duplexes, one of which was originally inhabited by the famous artist Sunday Reed before her move to Heide Gallery. Positioned in Melbourne’s Domain precinct, this residence meshes the character filled historic architecture with the crisp detailing of a modern addition. Restoration of the dwelling internally and externally and thus creating united spaces was a key driver with the project architecturally, with the former expressed as an imposing building in the streetscape composed of many forms, including French Chateaux, Edwardian and Victorian. The architectural masterplan sought to celebrate the original structure and well proportioned spaces whilst updating them to provide a cohesive series of interior spaces to suit a family of five. A bold two storey glazed structure was added to the rear west face of the property to bring light into the heart of the home, defining a new circulation core to the building. A large glazed skylight tracks the path of the sun throughout the day, filling the interior with light. Openings are lined with the introduction of steel portals and framing devices for reveals, panels and blades, marking the transition from original form to contemporary space, existing built form with that of the new, highly contemporary addition.
Modern without overt references, the design embraces shadow and light. A simple palette of materials ‘ cement rendered walls, honed concrete, steel, aluminium, glass ‘ allude to a simplicity of form and function reminiscent of houses built in the 60’s and create a compelling rhythm of opposites: solidity and transparency, light and dark, cool and warm, hard and soft. A giant pivoting aluminium front entry door creates a dramatic, striking and completely unexpected arrival point. When opened it appears as an entire wall pivoting and retreating. A requirement for additional space was paramount however it was deemed equally critical that the internal courtyard, the element that initially attracted the owner to this property, was not only retained, but further enhanced as the core idea of any proposal. Hence the main living areas focus internally to the central courtyard with extended views to the west. The courtyard provides a private and quiet external space, and an abundance of natural light. The upper level, rectangular and container like in form, sits lightly and cantilevers over the east wing. This second level houses the master suite, its elevated position providing immediate views over the tranquil internal courtyard below whilst also affording a spectacular city outlook. Oversized, steel perforated louvers run horizontally across the entire length of the upper level and are effective in inviting air movement and providing both glimpsed and wider views. The interior design has been sensitively restrained and economical in expression requiring few objects to compete with the play of natural light, shadow, and view to landscape.
Country Victoria House for Intermode
The site at Kilmore, 60km north of Melbourne, is approximately 500 acres and used for cattle farming. An open site with only slight fall, the house is sited within a paddock previously burnt out by bush fire, the area defined by a cluster of burnt tree trunks to the south and views to the property’s dam to the north. Embracing the philosophy of the modular approach, the extensive program for the house was designed into a series of pavilions, some connected by glazed links, others freestanding connected to the main house by decking only. The form of the pavilions were conceived as free standing elements, darkly clad, to sit as objects within the stark surrounding landscape. The notion of the pavilion was used to create semi enclosed external areas, providing protection from the harsh winds while defining view lines. Exploring the notion of the pavilions as stand alone objects, the house forgoes the typical notion of ‘front and rear’, instead the pavilions are used to define seasonal areas of dark broody spaces for the cooler months, protected from the elements, with openable light areas for the warmer months to maximise connection with outdoor areas and the cooling breezes. www.intermode.com.au