I thought I might do a post on my favourite Melbourne things of the year. Purely subjective and opinionated of course. But I have found so many things that I will have to do it in a few parts. I hope you will bear with me.
Part 1 is my favourite house. Now you may know that Australian residential architecture is having a lovely spot in the sun. Instead of architects dying to get out of residential and design The Iconic Cultural Global Significant Structure, it seems to me that many are finding their clever and innovative niche in residential architecture.
There is still a long way to go. To quote Christopher Moore from Houses magazine:
If I could make a criticism of modern Australian architecture it is that it can tend to a bland same-i-ness. Lots of glass, hard edges, angles and in Queensland in particular, wooden slats everywhere.
What this house has, in spades, is texture and warmth. And I am not the only one who loves it. This house, designed by Leeton Pointon Architects with Suzi Leeton Architects, won an award for Interior Architecture in the Victorian Chapter of the RAIA Awards in 2009.
So, from a fortress like exterior on a steep block:
You walk into a double height entrance with lots of wood:
Wonderful sculptural staircase:
Kitchen and living area (that rug is a Kilim patchwork from Loom in Prahran I suspect. Truly a rug after my own heart)
Look at that disguised aircon near the ceiling, theatrical curtains and suspended wooden ceiling.
A black wine cellar with just one chair for contemplation:
And an outdoor setting which looks neither cheap and Balinese nor French and wrought iron. And, one of my other little obsessions, and outdoor fire pit thing.
What do you think? Do architects help or hinder? Should we be more passionate about what they do?