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Quiet Time Image Credit: Belle Magazine Australia

Quiet Time

Expansive windows wrap around this Red Hill home and open up the serene scene outdoors.

Creating a connection with the outdoors was a key concern for Travis Walton and his team of architects and designers in ensuring this rural Victorian home was a luxurious escape that also allowed the owners to feel at one with the surrounding environment. How did you become involved with this project and what was the brief? This is the second residence we have created for this family. The brief was to extend the existing residence to create more living space for their growing family while also addressing a neglected 1970s kidney-shaped swimming pool. What were the challenges of the site and how did you resolve them with your design scheme? Careful spatial planning was required to ensure the new addit ion complemented the nearby native gum trees. This ultimately drove the size and proportion of the new addition, resulting in a series of single-width, open-plan spaces. The final is a freestanding box clad in recycled rough-sawn Australian Messmate timber set on top of exposed polished, aggregate concrete f looring. How would you describe the completed project and what are some of your favourite design elements? This residence is a modern rural retreat, a second home away from the client’s inner-city residence. It is designed to be minimalistic in detail, robust and functional while maintaining a warm but strong connection to the landscape. The residence depicts an authentic and unpretentious interpretation of the modern Australian rural home. My


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