Designed with the requirements of a young family in mind, this modern extension by Rob Kennon Architects in Brunswick will continue to adapt to the needs of its occupants as their family grows. Comprising a kitchen, dining and living space with a master bedroom and ensuite, the contemporary concrete addition allows privacy for both the old and the new bedrooms in the house, linked by communal living areas intended to bring the family together.
Filled with natural light, this house was MADE for entertaining. Oversized floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors can be pulled open completely, creating a seamless transition between outdoor and indoor spaces. Spacious and open plan, the new part of the house is centred around its vast island kitchen, with adjoining cosy dining nook, overlooking a step-down living area.
Timber joinery sits flush thanks to pop-open cabinets concealing all the functional everyday things. Undoubtedly the most striking feature is the bold Yves Klein blue carpeting throughout the living area, providing an accent of playful sophistication, like a statement shoe to a smart pantsuit!
Concrete has been used to remarkable effect as the dominant structural material for both practical and historical qualities. Sheltering spaces from the hot summer sun and allowing the internal areas to remain naturally cool, the utilitarian material is ‘a reminder of the widespread use of concrete in the 50’s and 60’s by the European migrants that enriched Brunswick and surrounding areas’ explains Rob.
The modern addition works in tandem with its original counterpart, opening up the home and providing the perfect environment for both connection and independence.