Centralpark Residence by studiofour

  • With so much more to this home than meets the eye, studiofour have transformed this once dated 1970s brick home into an unexpectedly Scandinavian sanctuary for a family of four.


    Multi-disciplinary practice studiofour are in the habit of dissolving boundaries between the outside and in and this exceptional 1970’s Malvern home in Melbourne follows suit. Centralpark Residence is built on the existing house which consisted of brown brick with small windows, dark interior spaces and dated walls, but all this changed when studiofour set to work. First convincing the family of four that live here not to demolish, the brief then consisted of creating a single level home with a strong sense of identity. On top of all this, the family have Danish heritage and so, similar to the cosiness of the Gjoevik House by Norm Architects, it was important that this house also embodied a sense of ‘Hygge’.

    In contrast to the modest and somewhat simple façade, upon entering the home each space unfolds and the layers unravel. Solid brick walls frame the heart of the home, and from the kitchen, a portal opens up to connect the adjacent dining, living and bar zones. This sense of layering is strengthened by the clever inclusion of glass which breaks up the solid walls, allowing for a visually open connection while ensuring noise is kept to a minimum. This was a key consideration for studiofour, who were tasked with balancing the family’s desire to live in an open plan house that ensured interaction, but without the distraction and soullessness so that so often results in open-plan living.

    An extension to the ease of flow between spaces, the interior is a wabi-sabi celebration of the beauty of imperfection. There is little embellishment, no overworked decoration and a subdued palette – which only adds to a sense of calm, stillness and space. Almost Japanese in its restraint, charcoal painted brick, warm timber, terracotta and caramel toned leather all evoke a homely and textural aesthetic, while a green lined courtyard offers a burst of lush colour.

    A further layer of carefully curated furniture, objects and artwork add interest to the pared back interior. Design details in the open living spaces include a collection of terracotta structures by artist Pip Byrne, Vitra Cork side tables perch on an Armadillo Nest rug in Charcoal. Design classics also include the Artichoke Light and AJ floor lamp both by Louis Poulsen and the forever iconic, Danish-designed Spanish Chair which is a beautiful nod to the family’s heritage.

    Other European pieces such as the Raft Stools by &Tradtion and Vincent Van Duysen vessels add a minimal and refined touch to the kitchen and bar. While the instantly recognisable Wishbone chairs and dining table designed by Hans J Wegner take pride of place under a Volker Haug Triple Kick pendant.

    Light-filled and mindful, this is a house that reveals a holistic approach to landscape, architecture and interior design to promote a truly cohesive and unique family home that speaks to those that are lucky enough to share this soulful space together.

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