Murray Street

Murray Street

Murray Street

Project details –

Type
Residential

Builder
Bray Construction

Year
2015

 

Photos
Willem-Dirk du Toit

Stylist
Esme Parker

 

In a part of Elsternwick where typical properties are 3 times the size and in a street affected by restrictive Planning Overlays; this house required tightly planned solutions.

On a long narrow block, the existing boundary to boundary row house terminated in a short low ceilinged 90s addition. The extension needed to capture as much light and air as possible.  The east facing highlight windows provide a view of the sky and neighbouring trees, and bring dappled light through in the morning. The form allows cross ventilation and the inhabitants can flush warm air out from the apex on hot days.

Foomann have been experimenting with exposed steel in construction and joinery for some time – the approach has an honesty that appeals to the practice. The clients, both commercial project managers, were enthusiastic about this aesthetic. Taking queues from the Rogers House in London, the exposed steel portal created a rhythm and opportunity to conceal lighting.

The result is a house with warmth and the amenity and feel of a much larger building.

The exposed steel portal frame is the unifying decorative element. Highlight windows open to flush warm air from the apex.

Light is used for dramatic effect – here a skylight floods the dark tiled bathroom, in living spaces, dappled light from neighbouring trees create movement across the raked ceiling.

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