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The winner of the Building Design of the Year award
from the Building Designers Association of Victoria
(BDAV), this home by Wilson iD has at its heart the
essence of Melbourne’s cafe and laneway culture. The theme
is particularly evident in the kitchen and bathroom areas,
which reflect the eclectic and mysterious, warm yet industrial
style that the owners envisioned. Unconventional and ultimately
liberating, both zones feature an overuse of materials and deep
penetration of natural light.
The home’s robust tapestry is enhanced in the kitchen which
centres on a chaotic material palette. Reminiscent of a small
commercial kitchen, its range of elements creates a semi-industrial
space that’s full of colour and life.
The room, which sits at the heart of the home, is hardy and
designed for action, with different finishes chosen for their
durability rather than their aesthetic value. Varying formats of
tiles create splashbacks, while yellow and white glazed brickwork
forms the island bench. The kitchen’s connection with the internal
courtyard and rear garden further unites the indoor and outdoor
spaces, while an abundance of natural light is introduced through
the central void that doubles as a venting stack for the house. The
true beauty of the kitchen space is that it is well integrated into
the whole rather than being treated as a side effect. It’s a clear
indication of meticulous design and construction for spaces that
are continuous and in harmony with one another.
Warehouse elements and hardy material
selection combine in a kitchen and two
bathrooms that inspire and delight.
WORDS Claire Watkins PHOTOGRAPHY Trevor Mei n
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