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A Mid-Century Inspired New Build That Looks The Real Deal!

Architecture

Looking at this Brighton East house, one might assume it’s an authentic, tastefully renovated mid-century home, but it’s actually an entirely new build!

Achieving this feel in a new home isn’t easy, so we asked designers and builders InForm, and their collaborators Pleysier Perkins architects, how they did it!

12th February, 2021

The new Brighton East project by InForm. Photo – Derek Swalwell. Styling – Bek Sheppard

Entry to the house is through a veil of fine timber battens. Photo – Derek Swalwell. Styling – Bek Sheppard

Neutral tones and natural materials in the kitchen. Photo – Derek Swalwell. Styling – Bek Sheppard

The main communal area of the home. Photo – Derek Swalwell. Styling – Bek Sheppard

Classic timber joinery in the kitchen. Photo – Derek Swalwell. Styling – Bek Sheppard

Dynamic spaces are brought to life through the use of natural materials and an intimate connection to the garden. Photo – Derek Swalwell. Styling – Bek Sheppard

An indoor fireplace creates intimacy. Photo – Derek Swalwell. Styling – Bek Sheppard

The formal lounge is affectionately referred to as the ‘blue room’ due to its cave-like quality – essentially serving as a hideaway for the familyPhoto – Derek Swalwell. Styling – Bek Sheppard

A further garden with a pool, dining area and pavilion occupies the backyard. Photo – Derek Swalwell. Styling – Bek Sheppard

The main bedroom en suite (right). Photo – Derek Swalwell. Styling – Bek Sheppard

The completed home is undoubtedly contemporary, but with a mid-century sensibility in keeping with the original houses of Brighton East. Photo – Derek Swalwell. Styling – Bek Sheppard

InForm have created zones indoors and out to support both downtime and lively entertaining. Photo – Derek Swalwell. Styling – Bek Sheppard

The house takes the form of two adjoining structures separated by a central courtyard designed by Eckersley Garden Architecture.Photo – Derek Swalwell. Styling – Bek Sheppard

Amelia Barnes
Friday 12th February 2021

‘The design of the home explores the theory of prospect and refuge.’ – Ross Berger

When a young family of six outgrew their existing 1970s home in Brighton East, they engaged InForm to design something more appropriate, but with a similar feel.

The family admired the densely-planted central courtyard of their original house, and specified an interpretation of this in their new home.

In response, InForm designed a double-storey brick volume to the south of the site (housing all bedrooms), with a contrasting single-storey, timber and glass structure (containing the main living areas) reminiscent of mid-century architecture  wrapping around the rear.

Separating the two structures is the new central courtyard with a pond designed by Eckersley Garden Architecture. A further garden with a pool, dining area and pavilion occupies the backyard. 

‘The house pivots around a central courtyard, which helps to divide and give order to the internal program,’ says Ross Berger, design director at Pleysier Perkins – the architects behind every InForm project. 

In designing these two defined but highly-linked forms, InForm have created zones throughout the home to support both downtime and lively entertaining.

‘The design of the home explores the theory of prospect and refuge, which essentially argues that humans have a tendency to prefer environments both with unobstructed views and areas of concealment and retreat,’ says Ross. ‘It then became about finding a balance between these two notions in the design.’

Masonry on the home’s reclaimed brick facade supports this idea by assisting with privacy, while offering filtered views to the garden and nearby trees.

The end result is an elegant, understated design that places this house comfortably within its suburban context, and offers a contemporary interpretation of its 1970s predecessor! 

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