This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

An Expertly Renovated 1930s Home + Lush Garden

Architecture

Period homes are beautiful, but they often contain compartmentalised spaces lacking a connection to the outdoors. The Malvern Garden House by Taylor Knights architects addresses these very issues, combining the best elements of period and contemporary design in the one home. 

By opening up the existing 1930s house alongside a new concrete addition, the architects have designed a home with spaces for respite and engagement, all of which celebrate the incredible Ben Scott Garden Design landscaping.

23rd July, 2020

Inside the new concrete addition in Malvern Garden House by Taylor Knghts. Photo – Derek Swalwell

The project introduces opportunities to engage with the garden at every turn. Photo – Derek Swalwell

The new addition sits on the highest level of the site, and contains the new kitchen and dining areas. Photo – Derek Swalwell

‘Our approach focused on the sensitive layering of reorientated internal spaces within the existing and new floor plates, injecting natural light deep into the home, and contrasting expansive new views across the north-facing garden,’ says architect Peter Knights. Photo – Derek Swalwell

The teal pool tiles add a richness to the garden scheme. Photo – Derek Swalwell

The formal, yet immediately tactile use of concrete evokes a sense of permanence and creates a space for daily ritual and refuge. Photo – Derek Swalwell

The project combines best elements of period and contemporary design Hanging print – ‘F02‘ from Derek Swalwell’s Farnsworth + Miller series. Photo – Derek Swalwell

Timber furniture and joinery in the project is by Made by Morgen. Photo – Derek Swalwell

The clients of this project were seeking an adaptable, zoned home to nurture their young family. Photo – Derek Swalwell

Steelwork throughout the home is by Tescher Forge. Photo – Derek Swalwell 

Contemporary timber meets heritage detailing. Photo – Derek Swalwell 

The bathroom enjoys its own garden views. Photo – Derek Swalwell  

Modern bathroom details. Photo – Derek Swalwell 

Vegetation spills over the edges of this rooftop garden, adopting an appearance akin to an ancient ruin. Photo – Derek Swalwell 

The rooftop garden is also a source of insulation. Photo – Derek Swalwell 

The garden was expertly reimagined by Ben Scott Garden Design, incorporating majestic established oak and elm trees. Photo – Derek Swalwell 

The original home was completely reworked in order to shift its focus to the garden. Photo – Derek Swalwell 

The beautiful 1930s heritage facade remains. Photo – Derek Swalwell 

Amelia Barnes
Thursday 23rd July 2020

‘Every element of the garden supports the principles of the architecture that seek to provide flexible and adaptable spaces for the growing family.’ – Peter Knights

Old meets new in this Malvern project, which sees a 1930s house, a contemporary addition, existing mature trees, and new landscaping come together on one site, to spectacular effect! The project’s success hinges on the equally important contribution of the architects, Taylor Knights, and Ben Scott Garden Design, who together have turned this home’s previously inward focus to the outdoors.

The clients were seeking an adaptable, zoned home to nurture their young family, as well as provide comfortable accommodation for guests. With this in mind, Taylor Knights designed a diverse, equally-distributed arrangement of shared and secluded spaces across the home’s existing and new buildings, introducing a northerly aspect wherever possible. 

This house is the client’s forever home – a sentiment reflected in the enduring, durable qualities of its materials, particularly in the concrete addition. ‘The formal, yet immediately tactile use of concrete evokes a sense of permanence, and creates a space of daily ritual and refuge,’ says Taylor Knights director, Peter Knights. This addition sits on the highest level of the site, and contains the new kitchen and dining areas. 

The garden is an inextricable part of this project. Terraced over three levels, Ben Scott has created a multi-dimensional landscape that can be used both actively and passively by the young family owners. ‘Every element of the garden supports the principles of the architecture, that seek to provide flexible and adaptable spaces for the growing family,’ says Peter. The architect describes the garden as an animated, immersive experience, that captures the wonder and imagination of a child’s mind. 

As well as building on existing century old elm and oak trees, the new landscaping introduces more modern, multifunctional spaces. The new rooftop garden, for example, is not only a wonderful aesthetic addition to the home, but also a source of insulation. Vegetation spills over the edges of this rooftop garden, adopting an appearance akin to an ancient ruin.  

Gardens are too often a secondary feature of modern homes, making this project particularly special. The Malvern Garden House is a shining example of what can be achieved when an architect and garden designer work together to create better outcomes, to the benefit of all those involved. 

This incredible garden by Ben Scott Garden Design is shortlisted in the Landscape Design category of The Design Files + Laminex Design Awards 2020. See all the Landscape Design design finalists here!

This Week

Homes

A Cosy Retro Rental In Melbourne’s North West

Dog lovers Michelle Campbell and Katy Louise share their warm and welcoming rented home in Maidstone.

Shopping

Shop The Chunky, Colourful Furniture You’ve Seen All Over The Internet

Meet the tradie brothers behind FEARON, who have been making quirky, must-have furniture that blends fun with functionality!
Christina Karras

Creative People

A Noosa Design Studio's Chic New Office, Inside A Former 80s Club

CLO Studios' have transformed an old music club into their dreamy new office space, and it's filled with eclectic design inspiration!
Christina Karras

Family

Journalist Nas Campanella On Parenting With Blindness + Building Disability Awareness

How ABC journalist Nas Campanella navigates motherhood as a person living with blindness and Charcot-Marie-Tooth.

Design Eye

How to Create Fun + Playful Interiors, With Studio Joy’s Kristel Marshall

The Melbourne designer shares how to balance minimalism and maximalism with playful colours and bold furniture – in a way that won't date!...
Christina Karras

Creative People

How Powerhouse Designer, Yuwaalaraay Woman Lucy Simpson Is Making Waves

How the Sydney based designer weaves stories of Country and culture into her collaborations with leading brands, such as JAG and Breville.
Jirra Lulla Harvey

Homes

An Owner-Designed Renovation Of A 1970s South Yarra Apartment

How designers Lola Digby-Diercks and Sebastian Owen completely transformed their South Yarra apartment in just six months.

Gardens

A Native Garden For An Off-Grid Home, That Embraces The Elements

Native grasses, towering gum trees and panoramic views help draw the award-winning Elemental House into its natural surrounds.
Christina Karras

Studio Visit

Dani McKenzie’s Detailed Paintings Look Like Familiar Photographs

The Melbourne artist recreates local streetscapes and everyday scenes, filled with intimate reminders of our own inner-worlds.
Christina Karras

Art

10 Emerging, Affordable Artists You Need To Have On Your Watchlist!

From ethereal still lifes to striking ceramic work, and meticulous soft pastel drawings, these are the artists to start collecting now!

Interiors

Before + After: A Dated Brick Home Turned Coastal Holiday Home

Dark timber and dated tiles have been replaced with light and bright interiors in this Mornington Peninsula beach house.
Christina Karras

Sustainable Homes

How An Architect Turned This 1930s Bungalow Into A Sustainable Family Haven

Architect Emily Sandstrom's warm family home runs off solar power, with a vegetable garden and impressive entertaining area hidden inside!
Christina Karras

Architecture

A Brazilian-Inspired Update Of A 1920s Brisbane Cottage

Bowen by Shaun Lockyer Architects elevates a 1920s cottage with a stunning renovation and addition.
Amelia Barnes
  23 hours ago

Architecture

Old English Style Meets Japanese Serenity In This Spectacular 1930s Home

In a thoughtful renovation, Suzanne Hunt Architect celebrates this Perth home's heritage roots, while turning it into a modern sanctuary.
Christina Karras

On The Market

A Rare Robin Boyd House Is Available To Rent

You could be the next tenant of this house, designed by Australia's most famous architect.

Similar Stories

Architecture

Two Buildings + Two Courtyard Gardens = One Clever Inner City Home

This Fitzroy North house by Rob Kennon Architects turns the traditional house and backyard model on its head!

Architecture

A Totally Transfixing Concrete Retreat

This contemporary family home in Kew by Architects EAT is totally secluded, yet bright, breezy and open!
Sasha Gattermayr

Architecture

A Bungalow Renovation That Truly Brings The Outdoors In!

MODO Architecture transform a weatherboard bungalow in Williamstown, with a striking contemporary addition.
Miriam McGarry

This Week

Homes

A Cosy Retro Rental In Melbourne’s North West

Dog lovers Michelle Campbell and Katy Louise share their warm and welcoming rented home in Maidstone.

Architecture

A Brazilian-Inspired Update Of A 1920s Brisbane Cottage

Bowen by Shaun Lockyer Architects elevates a 1920s cottage with a stunning renovation and addition.
Amelia Barnes
  23 hours ago

Architecture

Old English Style Meets Japanese Serenity In This Spectacular 1930s Home

In a thoughtful renovation, Suzanne Hunt Architect celebrates this Perth home's heritage roots, while turning it into a modern sanctuary.
Christina Karras

Studio Visit

Dani McKenzie’s Detailed Paintings Look Like Familiar Photographs

The Melbourne artist recreates local streetscapes and everyday scenes, filled with intimate reminders of our own inner-worlds.
Christina Karras

Creative People

How Powerhouse Designer, Yuwaalaraay Woman Lucy Simpson Is Making Waves

How the Sydney based designer weaves stories of Country and culture into her collaborations with leading brands, such as JAG and Breville.
Jirra Lulla Harvey

Interiors

Before + After: A Dated Brick Home Turned Coastal Holiday Home

Dark timber and dated tiles have been replaced with light and bright interiors in this Mornington Peninsula beach house.
Christina Karras

Family

Journalist Nas Campanella On Parenting With Blindness + Building Disability Awareness

How ABC journalist Nas Campanella navigates motherhood as a person living with blindness and Charcot-Marie-Tooth.

Shopping

Shop The Chunky, Colourful Furniture You’ve Seen All Over The Internet

Meet the tradie brothers behind FEARON, who have been making quirky, must-have furniture that blends fun with functionality!
Christina Karras

Creative People

A Noosa Design Studio's Chic New Office, Inside A Former 80s Club

CLO Studios' have transformed an old music club into their dreamy new office space, and it's filled with eclectic design inspiration!
Christina Karras

Homes

An Owner-Designed Renovation Of A 1970s South Yarra Apartment

How designers Lola Digby-Diercks and Sebastian Owen completely transformed their South Yarra apartment in just six months.

Gardens

A Native Garden For An Off-Grid Home, That Embraces The Elements

Native grasses, towering gum trees and panoramic views help draw the award-winning Elemental House into its natural surrounds.
Christina Karras

Sustainable Homes

How An Architect Turned This 1930s Bungalow Into A Sustainable Family Haven

Architect Emily Sandstrom's warm family home runs off solar power, with a vegetable garden and impressive entertaining area hidden inside!
Christina Karras

On The Market

A Rare Robin Boyd House Is Available To Rent

You could be the next tenant of this house, designed by Australia's most famous architect.

Design Eye

How to Create Fun + Playful Interiors, With Studio Joy’s Kristel Marshall

The Melbourne designer shares how to balance minimalism and maximalism with playful colours and bold furniture – in a way that won't date!...
Christina Karras

Art

10 Emerging, Affordable Artists You Need To Have On Your Watchlist!

From ethereal still lifes to striking ceramic work, and meticulous soft pastel drawings, these are the artists to start collecting now!

Similar Stories

Architecture

Two Buildings + Two Courtyard Gardens = One Clever Inner City Home

This Fitzroy North house turns the traditional house and backyard model on its head!

Architecture

A Totally Transfixing Concrete Retreat

This contemporary family home in Kew by Architects EAT is totally secluded, yet bright, breezy and open!
Sasha Gattermayr

Architecture

A Bungalow Renovation That Truly Brings The Outdoors In!

MODO Architecture transform a weatherboard bungalow in Williamstown, with a striking contemporary addition.
Miriam McGarry

The Design Files acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

First Nations artists, designers, makers, and creative business owners are encouraged to submit their projects for coverage on The Design Files. Please email bea@thedesignfiles.net