October 5, 2022

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A Sympathetic Renovation + Extension Of A Modernist Caulfield Home


The renovation and subsequent extension of this split degree Caulfield dwelling by Kister Architects is a masterclass in stability. 

‘The consumers requested something entertaining but modest, colourful with tons of texture, but minimum with a perception of sparseness,’ suggests Ilana Kister of Kister Architects.

They were also set on paying out homage to the home’s 70s roots, by preserving the style of the facade and the interior’s retro vibes, but eager to incorporate a modern aspect. 

The challenge commenced as a single site, double storey renovation, but morphed into a double site renovation with a single storey addition when the customers obtained a second parcel of land on the adjacent block (on the southern facet). The 70s break up-amount northern residence was retained, while the dwelling on the southern block was demolished to make way for a sympathetic modern-day extension. 

‘The highlight of the project was the limitless possibilities disclosed after the web page doubled in measurement,’ suggests Ilana. 

Stretching the household onto the adjacent southern web site allowed the architects  to re-think how they ended up likely to bring light into the new areas, and how to integrate mother nature and landscape into the house. 

‘Our main issue was to retain a ongoing connection to nature and light,’ describes Ilana. Thus, the household was designed all over courtyard pockets, which frame sights to the yard and ‘interesting in-between’ spaces. The sprawling backyard garden and increasing abundance of crops are noticeable from pretty much each individual house in the home, when sky lights have been strategically placed to minimise the need for artificial lights. 

To hark back again to its 70s modernist beginnings, the architects utilised resources these as bronze hardware, glazing and aluminum, white aggregated concrete with blue plush and white felted carpet together with orange velvet and heat timber veneers. 

‘These are offset with a layered assortment of concrete render, glazed Japanese tiles, black veneer and gold wallpaper to blue the retro with a nuanced modern day palette,’ describes Ilana. 

The mix of these two distinctive, nonetheless complementary, palettes assistance to blur the line concerning the likewise distinctive retro and modern sections of the home, tying outdated and new alongside one another. 

‘The design and style and improvement of this has brought an outdated, worn out house into a beautiful present-day haven, that embeds the spouse and children into their landscape,’ says Ilana.



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