Extended Family Home in Melbourne

View all 18 Photos

Dubbed House 3, this two-part family home was designed by Coy + Yiontis in the Balaclava neighborhood of Melbourne, Australia. As the house is part of a historical street, the architects preserved the Victorian cottage at the roadside. They stripped the facade, restored the original weatherboard, and finished the quaint look with a wood-lined porch and a white picket fence. Behind this unassuming face, there is a courtyard and swimming pool and a second, contemporary volume.

Sharp and asymmetrical, the rear section of the home is decidedly of the present moment. The striking design is clad in thin cuts of naturally finished timber, a natural yet modern choice. Inside, this space-efficient volume houses the living areas and bedrooms for eight family members: one for each of the four children, another for the parents, and a sixth and final room for the grandparents.

The common areas are arranged on the ground floor in an irregular open plan. Glazed from floor to ceiling, the courtyard-facing walls let plenty of sunlight into the space, warming the predominantly gray and white interior. In the lounge, there is a tall wall of bookshelves, a fireplace, and a piano tucked into a niche. The sleek dining area features just a table and dark, domed lamps. The compact kitchen seems spacious enough with a generous skylight and reflective floors and counters.

The bedrooms (not shown) are all placed upstairs. Here, they see plenty of light through the large windows on the side of the house and through the wood-screened window facing the courtyard. The accompanying bathrooms are white with exquisite gray striations.


Photography by Peter Clarke

Holly

Holly

Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

Take me there

  • The Yays – Crane Apartment

    Sleeping in an industrial crane while visiting Amsterdam. Dutch company Yays is a new travel…

  • Babylonstoren

    An unforgettable hotel experience. In recent years, more and more tourists have started focusing on…

  • Michelberger Hotel, Berlin

    A hotel that feels like home. Berlin is filled with cool things to discover, but…

  • Panorama Glass Lodge

    Admiring the Northern Lights while lounging in bed. Built in a remote area in western…

More for you

                array(5) {
  ["post__not_in"]=>
  array(1) {
    [0]=>
    int(146888)
  }
  ["tag__not_in"]=>
  array(2) {
    [0]=>
    int(16203)
    [1]=>
    int(9208)
  }
  ["posts_per_page"]=>
  int(12)
  ["caller_get_posts"]=>
  int(1)
  ["cat"]=>
  int(6178)
}
            
  • PH House

    A tastefully restored villa with a design-rich history. After a devastating fire almost destroyed this…

  • Trout Lake House

    A modern artist retreat inspired by agricultural buildings. Owned by an artist couple, Trout Lake…

  • Casa Hualle

    A dark, modern house built in the Chilean countryside. Standing tall in a gorgeous natural…

  • CCC House

    A modern extension that complements a traditional house. Located close to the center of Caniço,…

  • ILL House By INT2 Architecture

    A contemporary wooden house strongly linked to nature. Located in the middle of a woodland,…

  • Villa Sandmeier

    A contemporary house inspired by Japanese pavilions. Built in Veyrier, Switzerland, in a rural area…

  • Sonoma Wine Country Residence

    A modern home deeply connected to nature. Even before stepping inside the Sonoma Wine Country…

  • House In Serralves

    Brutalist simplicity. Portuguese architect João Vieira de Campos designed House in Serralves with a spartan…

  • L’Accostée House

    A contemporary house nestled into a natural landscape. Located on the shores of Lac St-François…

  • Albino Ortega House

    An oasis-like living space. Admiring it from the road, the Albino Ortega House looks striking…

  • Bosc d’en Pep Ferrer

    A sophisticated and thoughtful design. Built in a pristine area on the island of Formentera,…

  • A.G. House

    Living the dream of living in the Alps. When it comes to gorgeous house locations,…

Close Cart