Loch Avenue residence is a culmination of traditional and contemporary design, fused to create a continuous story in two distinct halves. Purchased in 2014, the renovated 1911 cottage is situated in a quaint nook at the heart of Ballarat, a Victorian city renowned for its colonial-era heritage. The well-preserved architectural scene of Ballarat was a key consideration of this project, for architectural practice Here Studio, thus the historic facade was maintained for visual consistency amongst neighbouring properties.
▼住宅外观，exterior view © Marnie Hawson
From a street view one would never guess the rear extension is the polar opposite to the delicate facade, encompassing all the contemporary finishes at the forefront of innovative design. Aluminium cladding specifically manufactured for this project, engulfs the back half of the property in a geometric pattern that boasts originality. This ultra-modern facade effortlessly flows on from the traditional front in the most unexpected, yet brilliant way, allowing visitors to roam in and out across two centuries of residential design in one house.
▼建筑的后半部分，拥有独特几何感的墙体 © Marnie Hawson
the back half of the property in a geometric pattern that boasts originality
带有传统铁艺栏杆的阳台、微妙变化的灰色和简约美观的灌木丛共同延续了场地的原始气质，同时也为The Stylesmith工作室的设计师Nicole Rutherford提供了设计室内空间的灵感。海军蓝、清爽的白色和小巧的金色装饰形成完美搭配，悬挂的照明装置作为对维多利亚时代建筑的高耸天花板的回应。经过谨慎挑选的色彩与克制的装饰风格使房屋中更具结构性的元素得以展现，包括在修复后变得愈发优美的彩色玻璃窗。
Verandahs mimicking traditional cast iron lace, subtle greys and simple shrubbery were used to achieve this, and provided inspiration to interior designer Nicole Rutherford from The Stylesmiths when approaching the front half of the house’s interior design. Navy blues, crisp whites and small golden accents worked perfectly, whilst hanging lighting fixtures play tribute to the high ceilings of the Victorian era. Careful choice of simple colours and restrained styling allowed the more structural elements of the home to sing, including the beautifully restored lead-light windows.
▼庭院，courtyard © Marnie Hawson
▼经过修复的彩色玻璃窗 © Marnie Hawson
the beautifully restored lead-light windows
Inside, indisputable emotion has been accounted for at every perspective. Having been extremely well travelled in his role as owner and CEO for Shanghai-based brand consultancy The Silk Initiative, Andrew wanted his Australian home to reflect his overseas career and travels. His love of Asian design influenced all decisions, working around the existing collection of Chinese furniture, artwork and ornaments. These pieces are scattered around the home alongside complementary furnishing selections, chosen for their unobtrusive design. Eloquent pairing of existing components with updated features is a delicate harmony to find in a modern eclectic home.
▼起居室，living room © Marnie Hawson
▼层级的变化定义不同的区域 © Marnie Hawson
the structural levels define different living zones
This Ballarat home has been designed as a calming sanctuary, exuding with quiet opulence and a desire to be the centre of conversation. Particular furniture placement assists the open flow that moves from one space to the next, through the many seating areas offering opportunity for dialogue between friends, family and pets. Utilising the structural levels, individual living zones have been created taking on their own identity and purpose.
▼厨房，kitchen © Marnie Hawson
▼卧室，bedroom © Marnie Hawson
Completion date: 2020
Project team: The Stylesmiths (Interior Design)