호주 멜버른 교외의 앨버트 파크에 위치한 레지던스는 빅토리아 시대의 외관을 아름답게 복원하고, 현대적인 확장 시설을 갖추고 있으며 미니멀리즘에 입각한 디자인으로 높은 장인정신 및 예술에 대한 열정이 어우러져 있다. 빅토리아 시대의 장식적 성향을 모방하려는 것에서 멀리 떨어져, 모더니스트라는 개념을 확고히 하고 있으며 이를 콘크리트 블록으로 표현하고 있다.
Located in Albert Park, a picturesque Melbourne suburb of wide leafy streets and heritage terrace houses, St Vincents Place Residence by local practice B.E architecture is a home of daring contradictions. Fronted by a beautifully restored Victorian façade, the recently renovated residence features a modern extension whose minimalist design is seamlessly interwoven with the historic character of the existing building by espousing a passion for high craftsmanship and art.
Far from trying to emulate the decorative disposition of the house’s Victorian past, the new extension was designed in clearly modernist terms as a block of in-situ concrete. Although minimalist in sensibility, the rich textures of the terrazzo style stone floors, painted timber ceilings and bluestone walling epitomize a hand-made, artisanal sensibility that softens the architecture's stark modernism. Conversely, while the renovated front section of the house is full of period details such as curved cornices, arched doors, timber skirtings and custom steel fireplaces, their decorative fervour is kept in check by a nonchalant interior décor that eschews the formal for the casual.
Uniting the old and the new spaces is an eclectic selection of furniture, including several bespoke designs and the client’s collection of vintage pieces from Europe and Asia which provided the inspiration for the sophisticated yet relaxed aesthetic of the interiors. This unifying aesthetic is further enhanced by the client’s substantial art collection of large paintings, intimate photographs and unique sculptures, which has been shrewdly integrated into the interior design throughout the house.