Brighton Garden House by Wellard Architects

  • Wellard Architects reconfigure an Edwardian home in Melbourne’s Brighton with an emphasis on indoor-outdoor fluidity. 

    As demonstrated in their Elsternwick house, Wellard Architects’ approach to residential design appeals to the modern Australian lifestyle. In the bayside suburb of Brighton, their latest project sees the rework of an Edwardian building’s existing footprint with a new addition attached to the rear of the home. By fusing old and new elements through a refined colour palette and maintaining a consistent connection to the outdoors, Wellard Architects have designed a sanctuary to call home. 

    As the name suggests, the home offers glimpses of the sculpted gardens from the moment you step inside the wide, timber panelled original hallway – a non-negotiable when redesigning the home. “We reworked the existing footprint by removing undersized and pokey spaces, but the period detailing such as the traditional veranda, leadlight entry and hallway were retained,” interior designer Harriet Collins says.

    The boxy rear addition contains the open plan kitchen, dining and living space, imbued with soft, neutral tones through pale oak flooring, bagged brickwork, black steel framing, concrete and stone. Harriet says this sensitive approach to materiality melds the old with the new, providing a consistent ‘language’ upon entering. “These subdued tones and raw materials emphasise original period detailing and forms,” she adds.

    The L-shaped kitchen occupies a corner of the new addition, with integrated appliances and a cleverly recessed workspace clad in stone. A concrete bench with charcoal cabinetry runs parallel to the parameter of the building, serving as both the large kitchen bench and a built-in storage plinth in the living space. Making the most of outdoor entertaining year-round, a servery provides an opportune spot for barbecues and dining in the courtyard.

    The Gubi Semi Pendant crowns the dining table, while the Kristina Dam Studio Brick Sculpture provides visual interest on the extension of the island bench.

    An oversized sliding window forms a 3.8-metre-wide opening in the kitchen, allowing for effortless expansion to external dining and natural ventilation.

    “The central sculptural fireplace with a semi-circular marble hearth was selected to add a sense of softness to the geometric form of the new extension and to anchor the dining space within the open plan volume,” interior designer Harriet Collins says.

    The period ornate fireplace in the master bedroom reveals the home’s character and heritage, in the company of Danish design icons like the Møller #63 Bench by J. L Møller, Fritz Hansen Caravaggio Wall Lamp and Carl Hansen Wishbone Chair

    The Brighton Garden House by Wellard Architects realises the importance of enduring design through timeless colours and materials. By sensitively working within the confines of the existing house, the home is equipped for modern Australian living. 

    Wellard Architects opted for Danish design icons like the Møller #63 Bench by J. L Møller, Fritz Hansen Caravaggio Wall Lamp and Carl Hansen Wishbone Chair in the master bedroom.

    The outdoor dining area features the Kett Addis Dining Table and Kett Wye Armchair.

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