Baldasso Cortese Architects

Middle Park Residence

Middle Park, VIC, Australia

Rebecca Wilkinson

  • Middle Park, VIC, Australia
Project Year
  • 2017
  • Tom Blachford
Building Surveyor
Structural Engineer
  • Middle Park, VIC, Australia

Middle Park Residence by Baldasso Cortese Architects is an existing double-fronted weatherboard house which has been transformed into a modern 2-storey, 4-bedroom home in the picturesque Middle Park, Victoria.

This project, designed by Baldasso Cortese Architects, is a series of complimentary contrasts, which highlight with delicate light detail, the retained heritage façade of the original house against contemporary colorbond and light face brickwork to the new extension.

The original ornate features and high ceilings of the retained bedrooms against the intimate textured-orientated first-floor master bedroom suite, and the lightness and texture of the living zone against the dark timbers and feature bulkheads in the kitchen, creates a soft styled, cosy yet modern home.

The hub of this home is designed around the living and kitchen space, set down from the existing house level, to maximise volume whilst staying within the heritage overlay height limitation, with access passing by the feature cantilevered stair.

The space is surrounded by natural light and connected to the outside through a series of courtyards and skylights. With a brief from the clients to not have a dining table, the central cantilevered island becomes the gathering place, for breakfast with the kids and coffee with friends.

The kitchen is a series of fingerprint-proof black and white laminated joinery, with concrete style benchtops and feature brass detailing.

Appliances and storage have been concealed, with the main preparation space located directly under the feature skylight, flooding natural light into the heart of the home.

The reflective splashback ensures connectivity is maintained at all times to the living, dining and study area within this family’s forever home.

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