Local Landmark
Belle Magazine Australia|August - September 2020
A reverence for natural materials and an open dialogue with the outdoors ties this neoteric home to the landscape.
Lindyl Crabb

These pages, from left A fireplace in ‘Blue Roma’ quartzite from Corsi & Nicolai plays the leading role in a corner of this “urban retreat”. Supporting this stone feature is a B&B Italia ‘Le Bambole’ sofa and ottoman set and a bookshelf displaying a curated collection of vases, vessels and sculptures from Castorina & Co, Angelucci 20th Century and Modern Times. On the coffee table is a Japanese ikebana vase from Kazari + Ziguzagu. The rug is from Cadrys. Sheer curtains in Kvadrat ‘Zulu’ fabric bring lightness to the dark joinery and ceiling. Behind the ‘Tufty-Time’ sofa from Space hangs a large work, A Mind That Bends by Sepideh Ilsley, from Studio Gallery. The rug is from Cadrys. The concrete precast wall panels echo the home’s exterior shell. Natural light enters the home via ‘fractures’ in the form of skylights and spliced windows.

Our innate desire for connection materialises in many forms, as simple as an unspoken gesture, or in this case, as concrete as a family home. Once an empty corner block in the Melbourne suburb of Brighton, today this truly singular post-modernist residence vibrates with an esoteric energy that connects its inhabitants to each other, to their loved ones and to the natural environment.

When the owners, a couple with two teenagers, engaged Seidler Group to design their new home, they insisted that the architecture shouldn’t conform to the local suburban vernacular and, secondly, that it should showcase timber. For architect Luke Seidler, their desire to diverge from the residential context emboldened a design that referenced Brighton’s iconic bayside surrounds instead. On a more holistic level, Luke says “the client was passionate about creating a destination rather than a home where escape, retreat, work and play is seamless”. This brief called for functional yet rarefied spaces that provided privacy and catered to large social gatherings just as effortlessly. “We wanted to make a bold, large-scale home feel intimate yet grand,” said Kylie Dorotic and Alicia McKimm, directors of Golden studio and the project’s interior designers.

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