Nicholson Residence – Melbourne by Matt Gibson Architecture + Design

A keen renovation of a suburban Melbourne home, the Nicholson Residence, was completed by Matt Gibson Architecture + Design. The Federation-style dwelling is located in Middle Park and now features an exquisite two-story rear addition of a narrow structure wrapped in timber and extensive glass.

The way this renovation literally adds livable square footage to the home by bringing the outside in is most attractive. Rich woods are used to create the cantilevered rear volume. While nestled within a tapered lot, there is a renewed spaciousness and an absolutely enticing vibe. This living space retreats outdoors to the walled sculpture garden and simply beckons to be enjoyed. At night, the uplighting against shadows cast against a privacy wall becomes a rather hypnotic experience. I am smitten!

The living room instantly becomes an enhanced relaxation and entertaining space, with a singular glazed wall acting as a gateway to respite. Pale linear wood flooring along with a reserved schematic of grey and white is soothing, while black accents such as the built-in fireplace are striking. A minimalistic interior renders a geometrical sectional with tonal zig-zag pillow, while the rectangular artwork plays nicely with the round ottoman and side table–can’t resist the visual of mixed shapes and textiles!

An overall openness is attributed to the well-planned layout, with the dining area and kitchen workspace just beyond. A hulking marble structure is beautiful possessing an angular motion, acting as a center island flanked by two modern metal wire stools. A repetition of white, black and white appears in this space, leaving an airy, easy vibration. Along the far wall and extending from the farthest point to the rear of this home is an elongated skylight letting natural light descend upon and fill this contemporary environ.

An elegant wooden stairwell ascends to the second story where, at the landing, an art motif of turquoise, lime and cobalt can be admired. Onto the room where one of the most magical design elements I’ve encountered can be appreciated. From the outside, an external sheet metal is meticulously transformed into a stenciled tree, replete with perched owl, to create both a privacy screen, as well as an undeniable art form synchronous to the interior and rear facade. With daylight shadows, and the even more dramatic nightscape which projects into the home, this metal work is downright stunning.

The Nicholson Residence is a breathtaking metamorphosis of a traditional structure into a modern dream home, one which both delights and creates envy for those not enjoying a lifestyle there.

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