True to its name the beautiful in Australia not only acts as a link between different indoor and outdoor spaces it also brings together contrasting styles from different eras. A classic double-fronted cottage in a lovely suburb of Melbourne the home features a front façade that stays true to its original design as it is left completely unaltered.
Giving those old dark and dreary homes a modern facelift using a rear extension is arguably the most popular way to revitalize classic homes without disturbing their street façade too much.
A long corridor with glass windows connects the indoors with the pool area modest deck and small garden. At one end of the house sits the master bedroom that opens up into its own private garden while the kids’ room on the opposite side has a great view of the pool area. This is a home where the line between the interior and the world outside is clearly defined and yet one sees a seamless interaction between the two.
But as you move through the home a brick and glass ‘tunnel’ connects the old existing residence with a standalone modern addition creating a seamless transition between the past and the future! Designed by MODO this unique approach brings much more than mere renewed aesthetics with natural light flooding through the renovated interior.
The structure of seems to be inspired by the petals of a flower as its four distinct wings spread out in different directions making the most of the available space. This also creates a spacious central zone with a sculptural staircase connecting the front and the back wings of the home nestled on split levels.
With a low-slung design and smart sliding glass doors one finds the transition from the exterior to the living space almost seamless and a large concrete patio makes this an even more effortless affair. A carefully curated and stacked wall of milled lumber finished with glossy varnish shapes the entrance giving the residence a fabulous fun architectural feature.
Midcentury décor pieces are combined with modern furniture and accessories to bring together the best of both worlds even as large glass walls ensure that the outdoor deck and garden become a visual extension of the living area.