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Black houses | The Dark Side
B.E . ARCHITECTURE
When Broderick Ely, design director
for b.e. architecture, found this house,
he knew he could rework it into
a contemporary home for his family.
While the house, built in the early 20th
cent ury, was totally run down, it had
great bones, as well as an impressive
aspect over a large garden. “The house
has been completely reworked, both in
terms of spaces and detailing,” says Ely.
The tired kitchen and meals area is now
a new open-plan wing. Framed with white
bricks that have been heavily mortared,
the new annexe appears sharp and crisp.
“I removed most of the original
detailing. There were a couple of oddly
placed corners that would have made the
renovation appear neither contemporary
nor period,” Ely explains.
While the new wing is white, entry
to the house is via large, black-painted
timber gates. Ely also designed a side entry,
complete with a mud-room in which his
children could leave their school bags
and shoes. Clad in timber and painted
black, there’s an appropriate juxtaposition
between the home’s original red bricks
and this black point of arrival.
The second level of this house is entirely
black. Made from zincalume, the look is
deliberately random. “This profile was
customised for me. I find when something
is too regular, your eye tends to skirt over
it. This tends to be noticed,” says Ely, who
likens the first floor to a smart top hat.
While the outside of the building is
black, the interior palette is almost all
white, exceptions being steel balustrades
on the staircase, together with some
customised wrought-iron light fittings.
The new fireplace in the music room is
also black. The black exterior makes the
interior appear more dramatic, and it’s that
contrast – like the contrast between the
original part of the house and the new top
hat – that makes this design so striking.
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