Australian Homes

BEST OF AUSTRALIAN HOMES 2012 · Emilio Fuscaldo of Nest Architects

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Monday 31st December 2012

The Coburg home of Emilio Fuscaldo and Anna Krien. Living room details. Photography – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Front entrance. Photography – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Well, it may be New Year’s Eve(!!), but we’re still counting down the Best Australian Homes of 2012 everyday this week until Friday…. if you’re at work this week, I feel for you – but at least you have some TDF eye candy to start your days with!

There was a great deal of love for this creative Melbourne home when we originally shared it back in April.  Occupying a modest slice of what was previously someone else’s backyard in Coburg, this very special pad is the home of architect Emilio Fuscaldo of NEST architects and his partner, Anna Krien, a writer.

Here Emilio and Anna have created a unique, cleverly designed two bedroom home, tucked neatly behind an existing double fronted Californian Bungalow.  The new structure isn’t visible from the street, and can be accessed via a rear laneway.  How superbly modern and efficient!

The home is constructed in reclaimed red bricks with hardwood details, timber door frames and polished concrete throughout. Of course, being the home of an architect, it takes in bucket loads of natural light, with a simple, open plan design reminiscent of a 1960’s beach house.  It’s an understated gem, where careful consideration has been taken to create a functional, energy efficient home – such as Northern orientation, and underfloor heating, which ensures an effortlessly comfortable, fuss-free space.

For more on this fabulous Melbourne home do re-visit the original post!

The industrial kitchen bench is a vintage find, which just happened to be the perfect fit for this space. Living room details. Living room details. Photography – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Monday 31st December 2012


  • Tania 4 years ago

    Hi guys.  Love your pages.  Just a note, though, on energy efficient homes (with reference to the one in today’s blog) – a concrete slab does contribute to energy efficiency, but underfloor heating does not (unless powered by solar panels).  And the fact that this home appears to have no insulation, at least not in the ceiling, would again drastically reduce its energy efficiency.  The use of recycled materials and north facing aspect do contribute to its overall energy efficiency.  A passive solar home is constructed using 5 basic principles.  You might be able to do a blog on that topic some time.

  • Emilio 4 years ago

    Hi Tanya,

    Good points. Since the original blog post the ceiling is now insulated and we have finished off the green roof with 200mm of virgin soil.

    In Melbourne a slab is great for thermal mass. And yes, collectors for the heating would be great, but at this stage gas is the best we could do.

    Not a bad effort considering the minuscule budget we had.

  • Bob Power 4 years ago

    Love the site. I love vintage and was glad to see some vintage pieces throughout. I’ll be back for more inspiration.

  • chuck daniel 4 years ago

    Albert abstract artist I like the 40 of your blog And wondered how I could get a interactive blog set up like this

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  • Mel 3 years ago

    Nice home from traditional, organic materials.

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