Elwood House
Star Architecture
Elwood, VIC, Australia

Photography Peter Bennetts
Project Specification
Project Name: Elwood House
Project Type: Residential ,
Location: Elwood, VIC, Australia
Lead Architect: Aleksandra Savic Rakocevic ,
Area: 400m2 ,
Project Year: 2017 ,
Photographer: Peter Bennetts
Architects: Star Architecture ,
Interior Designers: Fiona Lynch ,
Engineer: Acor Kersulting ,
ESD Consultant: Energylab ,
Landscape Architect: Lachie Anderson ,
Location: Elwood, VIC, Australia ,

Elwood House by Star Architecture is the restoration of a large family home located in the Victorian suburb of Elwood.

For this project the team at Star Architecture restored the house’s original heritage Californian bungalow front and added a new streamlined two storey extension at the rear.

Gallery Of Elwood House By Star Architecture Local Architecture And Interiors Elwood, Vic Image 6

The entire restoration of the heritage front included an overhaul of the façade brickwork, a new cobbled bluestone driveway, formal landscaping, and repair of interior details creating leadlight windows, timber hardwood floors, ornamental skirtings, elaborate architraves and decorative plasterwork ceilings. The entire process brought the building back to life by reinstating its formal grandeur.

Gallery Of Elwood House By Star Architecture Local Architecture And Interiors Elwood, Vic Image 7

The new ground floor addition is juxtaposed with the original front as a streamlined box with floor-to-ceiling glazing, aluminium doors and windows, limestone tiled floor and marble detailing. The transparent box soaks up the natural northern and western light and utilises reflection from the existing pool to further bounce light around the internal space. It is a bright, spacious centre for gathering, sharing and enjoying the connection to the garden, barbeque and pool. The junction between old and new is distinct but fluid. A central spinal hallway links the two halves of the building with walls extending from front to back in a continuous line, creating a long, framed vista.

Gallery Of Elwood House By Star Architecture Local Architecture And Interiors Elwood, Vic Image 13
Gallery Of Elwood House By Star Architecture Local Architecture And Interiors Elwood, Vic Image 14
Gallery Of Elwood House By Star Architecture Local Design And Interiors Elwood, Vic Image 1

The new first floor addition distinguishes itself from the more transparent ground floor as a solid monolithic box. Although solid, the off-white rough-cast rendered box seems to float above the building below and to rise and disappear into the sky. It is offset from and overhanging the ground floor envelope, providing shading below and moderating the bulk of the overall mass. Spotted gum elements feature throughout the building uniting the two different levels. On the ground floor, new windows are framed with timber, referencing the formal heritage detailing elsewhere. Timber screens are used on the façade of the new extension, softening the robust box against the heritage façade.

Gallery Of Elwood House By Star Architecture Local Design And Interiors Elwood, Vic Image 4
Gallery Of Elwood House By Star Architecture Local Design And Interiors Elwood, Vic Image 9
Gallery Of Elwood House By Star Architecture Local Architecture And Interiors Elwood, Vic Image 5

Interior finishes and joinery were designed with Fiona Lynch. The selection of tactile materials, lustrous finishes, rich colours and sleek detailing complement the architectural forms and add another layer of design integrity to the house.

Gallery Of Elwood House By Star Architecture Local Architecture And Interiors Elwood, Vic Image 8
Gallery Of Elwood House By Star Architecture Local Architecture And Interiors Elwood, Vic Image 15
Gallery Of Elwood House By Star Architecture Local Design And Interiors Elwood, Vic Image 10
Gallery Of Elwood House By Star Architecture Local Design And Interiors Elwood, Vic Image 11

Ultimately the Elwood House by Star Architecture provides the multi-dimensionality and flexibility needed for a modern family which is reflected in a range of architectural styles and materials from different eras that have been successfully integrated as an elegant, contemporary home.

Gallery Of Elwood House By Star Architecture Local Design And Interiors Elwood, Vic Image 12
Gallery Of Elwood House By Star Architecture Local Interior Design And Architecture Elwood, Vic Image 3

To view more Star Architecture Inspired Architecture and Interior Design Archives head to their TLP Designer Profile.

Keep up to date with The Local Project’s latest interviews, project overviews, collections releases and more – view our TLP Articles & News.

Explore more design, interior & architecture archives in our TLP Archives Gallery.

See full gallery

Published 23 July, 2018
Photography  Peter Bennetts
Top