When one of the leading hospitality interior design firms focuses on a residence, there is a pretty good chance that it will turn out to be quite impressive. Since 1964 the internationally recognized Hirsch Bedner team has been making sophisticated travelers worldwide happy, and now one sure to be long-term guest, at the Karlusic Residence in Melbourne, Australia.
Inspiration springing from the 30-year-old Japanese maple, to beautiful to relocate created an unexpected focus for the project. The forms of the house are simple, and reflect upon the natural backdrop. The interior finishes are quite warm and natural, with timber floors in French smoked Oak wide board in a lime-wash finish, the grains a lime-wash and emphasized this creates texture, pattern and depth. A silver back textured and handmade fabric wallpaper from Japan was also used on certain walls emphasizing different spaces throughout the house.
In efforts to conceal the rear garage door of the house, it was finished entirely in natural zinc, which also weathers nicely into a subtle grey patina. The concept of not visually exposing the doors to the outside was deliberate to emphasize the simplicity of the forms and quiet the whole structure.
The house from the outside feels quite defensive but as soon as you enter the space it opens up and you have an internal courtyard with a lap pool and a line a bamboo running down the full length of the north boundary. The landscaped elements, such as the textured water wall along the steps towards the front entry, a shallow reflective pond with Gold fish and turtles and segmented raised platforms create a focal point all on their own.
The environmentally considerate dream home also include an insulated floor with reflective corrugated insulation paper that is low voltage electrically heated, maintaining a consistent heat throughout the winter.
Posted by Dana Pruskowski at 3 January, 2011