Imagine yourself in Rosanna, where you’ll find a lovely typical modern house. Such a tiny space, too little for a family where the kitchen was really small.
Well, the dimension of the space ( our should we say the lack of it?) was the main challenge for Nest Architects, a young, vibrant and innovative architectural practice based in Melbourne, Australia.
And if the approach is to keep as much of the existing house, but design a layout that would allow for a growing family, the task will be much harder.
It wasn’t expected a big house and they wanted to preserve the look, feel and features of the existing house without it becoming a simple homage to mid-century architecture and interior design.
Upstairs, we can find two bedrooms in a new black metal clad form with undulating aluminium screens on the external façade. Downstairs was re-planned to allow for a central core featuring a kitchen, laundry, and staircase and storage room. Around the perimeter of the central core are a living, dining and study area, a main bedroom and two generous bathrooms.
The last element on the perimeter of the core is a multi purpose room, which could be a rumpus, a guest bedroom or a second living room. Sliding doors on either side of this room allow it to become a private space or an open space to the rest of the house. It’s proximity to the second bathroom means that it can act a guest room or a semi-permanent bedroom for visiting parents or returning children.
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