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Wed 24.6.

Canterbury Road Residence by B.E Architecture (AU)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 24.06.2015 - Tagged as:

Canterbury Road Residence by B.E Architecture

Canterbury Road Residence by B.E Architecture

A traditional Victorian home in Middle Park, Melbourne, B.E Architecture’s Canterbury Road Residence was an opportunity to rethink a series of custom details to suit the context of the original house, and the clients’ strong appreciation for the element of decoration from that era.

 

 

Canterbury Road Residence by B.E Architecture

Canterbury Road Residence by B.E Architecture

Says B.E Architecture, “It is an expression of the clients who it was built for through a collaborative design process. Their open-mindedness and positivity as well as their trust and willingness to take a leap of faith where drawings could not tell the whole story were a real asset to the project.”

 

Canterbury Road Residence by B.E Architecture

Canterbury Road Residence by B.E Architecture

“Maintaining the look of the restored façade, the entry is through a formal entry door, fitted with a colourful agate leadlight surround as an alternative to the irreplaceable stained glass windows that would typically adorn a Victorian entrance.”

 

Canterbury Road Residence by B.E Architecture

Canterbury Road Residence by B.E Architecture

“The narrow, steep stair has been replaced with a wider timber stair that is easier to traverse yet fits into the character of the original building. Details including a thin steel handrail that curves to the palm of the hand are referential of the older style whilst being distinctly reduced and modern.”

 

Canterbury Road Residence by B.E Architecture

Canterbury Road Residence by B.E Architecture

“Likewise, the formal living room has curved cornice details and the house’s original arched windows. The carved ceiling pattern and a large off-centred arched door add a sense of grandeur common in Victorian homes yet rarely seen in modern construction. The large fireplace is made from black steel with soft curves to feel like it could have come from another time.”

 

Canterbury Road Residence by B.E Architecture

Canterbury Road Residence by B.E Architecture

“With a more straight-lined aesthetic, an informal extension is added at the back of the house. Maintaining a sense of decoration, the open kitchen and casual living space use a rich palette of black limestone floors, stainless steel and a solid, smoked timber bench.”

 

Canterbury Road Residence by B.E Architecture

Canterbury Road Residence by B.E Architecture

“The small terrace through the centre of the house uses a tall planted wall that can be seen from every room as a response to the lack of opportunities for landscaping. At the back the house opens up onto a pool and studio retreat: a simplified form referencing the brick structures often seen in the area along the laneways.”

 

to the B.E Architecture website

 

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