As is the case with most contemporary homes these days the living areas on the lower level and the bedrooms on top floor open up toward a large deck complete with a pool and an outdoor dining space. Glossy finishes in the kitchen and bathroom a plush Togo Sofa in the living room and a curated splash of color in the dining room complete a refined and relaxing residence.
Japanese design and architecture have always found ways to combine natural goodness and tranquility with an innate sense of minimalism. It is only in the last few decades that the West has started to realize the many benefits of this approach and while this expansive might not exactly borrow from the design elements of the Far East it still seems to showcase the same core principles.
Large bookshelves in the living room and chalkboard paint-clad cabinets in the kitchen add color and contrast to the setting even as polished contemporary surfaces are combined with traditional brick features. A simple staircase leads to the top level and the attic that contains a revamped guest space with bunk beds which can also easily double as an ergonomic family zone.
This classic Victorian terrace home in Melbourne is truly one of a kind though as it combines a traditional heritage front façade with a space-savvy contemporary interior in a fluid and efficient manner.
Designing an urban home that moves away from the mundane and finds that ideal balance between modernity and proximity to nature is a hard task at the best of times. It definitely is far easier to accomplish in homes surrounded by a lush green landscape as the view outside provides the necessary green goodness.