A Distinct Dual Nature – Normanby House by Pleysier Perkins
Normanby House sees Pleysier Perkins embrace the dual nature of a Victorian building with a modern extension. Featuring fireplaces installed by Stoke Fireplace Studio and expert treatment of the external landscape, Normanby House enables an escapist residential experience that alters as the property is explored.
Settled into Melbourne’s bayside suburb of Brighton, Normanby House exudes a sense of grandeur, purposefully enhanced by Pleysier Perkins in reverence to the home’s original character. With a wrought iron fence carefully reinstated by the design company, the front garden sets a tone of elegant formality that translates into a moody interior aesthetic upon entering the residence.
The panelled front door of Normanby House gives way to intimate refined spaces that celebrate Victorian design. Pleysier Perkins restores typical architectural features of the era such as cornices, ceiling roses and a sculptural arch in the hallway in homage to the home’s heritage. Faced with indirect natural light from the south, east and west orientation, the internal landscape of the original house soothes and cocoons in sophisticated fashion.
In striking contrast to the pre-existing home, the extension of Normanby House offers the residents a modern design perspective that sees airy internal spaces connect to the external landscape. The architectural character of the house turns from protective to receptive, with large double storey windows opening the home to the lush back garden and natural northern light. To the rear of the property, curves, stepstones and a robust material palette – comprised of concrete, timber and brickwork – speak to the Asian inspiration for the backyard landscaping.
Elevating the interior design, Pleysier Perkins uses two fireplaces by Stoke Fireplace Studio.
Elevating the interior design, Pleysier Perkins uses two fireplaces installed by Stoke Fireplace Studio. The Escea DF700 has pride of place in the sitting room, retrofitted into the existing fixture. In the living area, the Escea MODE KS1150 Corner fireplace is seamlessly integrated into a statement wall. Anti-glare glass at the front of the fireplace protects the viewers whilst reflective panels at the rear shine back images of the fire within, visually extending its length and depth.
Engaging with both Victorian and modern design, Pleysier Perkins enables residents to enjoy the delights of old and new. With its distinct dual nature, Normanby House emerges as a unique and varied architectural offering.