Bryant Alsop has responded to our client’s desire for a bold, heroic design, while avoiding opulence. The home is a sculptural vessel with spaces for family and friends to gather.

Project Name: Mason
Studio Name: Bryant Alsop
Project size:
286 m2
Site size: 734 m2
Completion date: 2018
Building levels: 2
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Photography: Jack Lovel

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Living Room ©Jack Lovel

For the new owner, purchasing the property from a family friend meant the Victorian house came imbued with memories. A sense of ‘layering’ of families, childhoods and recollections plays strongly through the design.

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Kitchen+Dining ©Jack Lovel

The existing dwelling was restored with the formality and vertical language of Victorian buildings used to inform a dialogue between existing and contemporary forms where the scale of new spaces are proportionate with the original house.

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Poolside ©Jack Lovel

The singular form of the extension is defined by the rhythm and repetition of curved elements that are used as simple, broad sweeping gestures. Hard materials are tempered by soft shapes to create enveloping spaces, while the backyard is celebrated with a garden that will evolve with the family over time.


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