Moonee Ponds in the western suburbs of Melbourne features many attached,single-storey Victorian townhouses. These have been updated, altered, modified and adapted over the past fifty years. In Park Street just such a house has now been stripped back, mostly demolished, leaving only the party walls and the front facade to create a two storey modernist family home.
David Luck, the architect contracted to design the new building, applied his minimalist mark on the exterior and interiors. The extraordinary 60 metre long side gave the cue to the architect that the remodelled house should sit lengthways into the site. This would then connect the street with the newly planted landscape areas down the length of the block.
Two bedrooms upstairs are oriented into the site and are linear in their geometry.
A shared bathroom with fully tiled floor for the large open shower and a glazed western window ensure this area is lightfilled and bright. From the stunning front entrance a series of spaces reveal themselves as you pace through the living, sitting, dining areas on to the separate private ensuite and master bedroom to the rear of the site.
Cream limestone surrounds the huge sunken bath and the generous double shower, with views to the garden from windows hidden beneath the ?floating? wardrobe and storage cabinets.
The sleek stone kitchen is also a series of floating long benches and workspaces, with an island sink a feature of this very open space. Hidden here are the appliances, refrigerator, pantry, wine shelves, and even beyond the laundry area. Sited to the left hand side of the front entrance, in a room previously protruding into the front garden, is now a media space separated by large sliding panels, with private access to the courtyard garden through clear glazed sliding doors. Late night soccer match broadcasts are enjoyed in this secluded and sound-proof room. Phillipe Starck furniture sits nicely with the collected pieces of sculpture complementing the large open living space. Punctuated by long low windows giving glimpses of the outdoor planting this open living space is bright, airy and very modern. De Guara Interiors consulted on the design of the central stair, cabinetry, luxury finishes throughout, and the extensive landscaped gardens.