The style of the Sixties revives in a Melbourne apartment

Murray Barker and Esther Stewart conduct a retrofitting intervention that does not distort the identity of the house, but sublimates its original details.

It's not a radical overhaul project, but rather an exercise in respectful retrofitting that architects Murray Barker and Esther Stewart carry out on a 60-square-meter apartment in Brunswick, a suburb of Melbourne. Interested in not distorting the original construction and the 60s taste of the interiors, the two opted for a calibrated redistribution of the rooms and an upgrade of the atmospheric quality of the spaces through the care of conscious details, including the handles of the kitchen and living room, the restoration of the original taps, and the chromatic play between green, pink and red marble, which, in turn, is in graphic contrast with the terrazzo tiles.

In the living area, the kitchen is transformed from a mere service area to a convivial place thanks to the demolition of a partition and the insertion of the dining table. Between the kitchen and the bedrooms, a bank of full height joinery contains the appliances and acts as a separating backdrop. From above, the zenithal light contributes to increase the fluidity of the space, thanks to a portion of the roof converted into a skylight through the use of transparent double-glazed roof tiles.

Single-family house
Murray Barker, Esther Stewart
Stantin Consulting
Lex Furniture
Wall sconce:
Ross Gardam
Area :
60 sqm

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