Hampden Road House by Archier

  • Hampden Road House by Archier is distinguished by a distilled drama that seamlessly navigates both heritage and contemporary elements to bestow a new narrative.

    Hampden Road House presents as a beautiful heritage facade of perfect symmetry and humble details. Seamlessly integrated into a streetscape that has been largely preserved since the residence was originally constructed in the 1850s, the home has been rendered with understated affluence over almost two centuries of urban evolution.

    Stepping over the threshold, however, a design dichotomy is revealed, unifying the historical narrative at the front with a contemporary addition at the rear via a glass corridor visible from the moment of entry. The outcome is an orchestrated layering of cohesive aesthetics and resolved intents that collectively import an entirely new ambience upon the home, poetically merging the then and now. 

    The dark drama of the new pavilion renders the home with a sense of infinite dimension and is an unadulterated backdrop for an extensive art collection.

    Battery Point is an inner-city suburb of historical significance in Hobart that has retained much of its heritage beauty. When Greg and Trish bought their Hampden Road residence, it was the surrounding charm within which the home was beautifully integrated, that resonated. The double-fronted, Georgian cottage still rests on the same building envelope as its original cluster of buildings which together functioned as a milk depot from the mid 19th century.

    It is this narrative that has informed the design intent for Archier who were engaged to resurrect the home and imbue it with relevance aligned to the lifestyle of its new owners. The historical significance was respected through an articulation of the new standing in the footprint of the old. Sensitivity and respect for context have been expressed in the covert placement of the new pavilion which is not visible from the street yet, from the multiple courtyards, clever reflections of the surrounding rooflines add a gentle but significant layer.

    Notable pieces in the living room include artwork above the fireplace by Tasmanian artist John Lendis titled ‘Triptych’, artwork from Luke Wagner’s Island Series, sculptures by Sri Lankin artist Nawi Samaraweera, and ‘The Bench’ sofa from Featherstone Interiors.

    The kitchen reveals itself as the threshold is crossed between the old and new. Featuring the Capital Pendant by Archier, Rio Bar Stools from Featherstone Interiors, and bespoke metal accents by Wellington Steelworks.

    The home is largely defined by both structural and ephemeral layering. The rear pavilion has been constructed to support a series of blade walls on the interior that allow for the seamless placement of continuous glazing on the exterior. Transparent swathes of curtains run between the two, forming a veil that filters light, restraining it and deepening the engagement with tactile materials and an impressive art collection. 

    Navigating away from the sensibilities of a gallery, Hampden Road House supports the display of myriad artworks in a way that is inviting and indulgent. An artisanal quality has been woven throughout every element that removes any distinction between traditional artwork and the craftsmanship evident in the built elements.

    Hand-painted ceiling batons and the indulgent use of monolithic natural stone in the kitchen and bathroom are poetically balanced by unapologetically austere notes such as rendered concrete walls so that the culmination is a series of composed yet profoundly sensorial spaces.

    This is a home that has seen various iterations across its lifetime. This last reincarnation by Archier has delivered not just a home, but a gentle resolution for its inhabitants as they enter their retirement years. Through a deeply considered treatment of the built and natural environments, a niche has been carved out that will endure within this Battery Point locale another century or two.  

    The master bedroom is a tactile sanctuary that heralds artisinal materiality and gentle shades of translucency and mass. Artwork by Tasmanian artist Deborah St Leger and bed linen from Milou Milou.

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