Results 1 to 8 of 8
Like Tree4Likes
  • 1 Post By A*O
  • 2 Post By faithanne
  • 1 Post By palta

Thread: A Victorian Remodel in Melbourne

  1. #1
    Elite Member sputnik's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    fellow traveller
    Posts
    52,293

    Default A Victorian Remodel in Melbourne

    A terraced house in St. Vincent Place in Melbourne, borne of the discovery of gold in 19th century Victoria and modeled after London’s terraces, is now home to a 21st century family with global instincts of its own.
    Meet Stephen O’Connor and Annick Houle, the husband and wife principals of Melbourne-based architecture firm O'Connor Houle. She’s French Canadian, he’s Australian; they met in architecture school at Harvard, have lived in New York and London, and love everything Japanese. In the full renovation of their own Victorian terraced house, located in St. Vincent Place, Albert Park, an inner city suburb of Melbourne, they bring together their collective experiences from around the world to create a rich multi-layered home in which to raise their family. “With all our projects, we aim to tailor-make spaces that are experienced as well as seen; environments that stimulate the senses and promote a sense of well-being while ultimately speaking of our culture,” Houle says.
    Photography by Earl Carter.


    Above: The architects' Victorian terraced house is in St. Vincent Place, a residential square with national cultural significance (it's considered the best example in Australia). The veranda is a typical detail of Victorian terraces in Melbourne.



    Above: A view into the front hall shows the beginnings of the architects' modern art collection from around the world. The bench is custom made by Australian furniture maker Greg Stirling and is based on Stick Back Chairs.

    Above: Modern art complements the original Victorian details on the stairs.

    Above: The architects make use of the Victorian picture rail and wires to hang their modern collection.

    Above: Removing the wall between the living room and dining room creates one large living area. The architects then installed a series of custom design oak bookshelves that runs the length of the two rooms, further unifying the two spaces and providing storage for their extensive book collection.



    Above: Small objects the couple collected in Japan sit in front a photograph from Australian photographer Trevor Mein's "Clouds" series. "Trevor has shot approximately 10,000 different clouds so selecting three was a difficult task," Houle says.

    Above: A charcoal drawing by Claes Oldenburg has pride of place above the mantel in the dining room.

    Above: "We like the idea of a country kitchen in the city," Houle says. "We love to cook and the long antique butcher's bench was up to the task."

    Above: A few tiles with insect drawings give life to the simple white tiled backsplash behind the cooker.

    Above: A shelf by Australian furniture maker Mark Tuckey acts as an open larder.


    Above: "My favorite part of our renovation is seeing the house come to life as the light floods into what were otherwise dark Victorian spaces," Houle says.
    I'm open to everything. When you start to criticise the times you live in, your time is over. - Karl Lagerfeld

  2. #2
    Elite Member sputnik's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    fellow traveller
    Posts
    52,293

    Default

    stupid board won't let me post it all at once so here's the rest:



    Above: The Victorian stair rail is sandwiched between the geometries of a mid century chair (Fronzoni '64 Chair) and a set of original Josef Albers prints that the couple purchased in New York.

    Above: A view from the landing at the front of the house to the modern master bedroom extension at the back of the house.

    Above: "It is important to us to distinguish new build from the original Victorian architecture," Houle says. "The lack of cornices and baseboard trim along with the steel windows help delineate the new extension from the original house."

    Above: The marble tiled bathroom looks out onto the front balcony.

    Above L: Antique mushrooms that were originally theatre stage props bring an element of surrealism to the entry. Above R: The color of the door is a custom color from Porter's Paints, aptly named Victorian Sky.

    Above: The front garden is filled with Cloud Trees which have been pruned following Japanese Niwaki principles. "We love anything Japanese and have a particular interest in trees and garden design," Houle says. N.B.: To learn more about Cloud Pruning, see Topiary Cloud Pruning as Arboreal Art.
    See Slow House: A Serene Cabin in the Woods to see O'Connor Houle's seaside retreat.

    http://www.remodelista.com/posts/oco...lace-melbourne
    I'm open to everything. When you start to criticise the times you live in, your time is over. - Karl Lagerfeld

  3. #3
    Elite Member faithanne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    On the Hellmouth
    Posts
    12,614

    Default

    Love it. I'd de-clutter of course but the house is beautiful. Love the bathroom,.
    "You're going to die tomorrow, Lord Bolton. Sleep well."



  4. #4
    A*O
    A*O is offline
    Friend of Gossip Rocks! A*O's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Being Paula
    Posts
    30,451

    Default

    I like the front garden and maybe the bathroom. The rest is a convergence of hipster pretension and soulless sterility. It gives me the creeps.

    Oh and I like the bug tiles in the kitchen.

    Note to bed owners - do you realise how quickly the wall behind your pillows becomes marked and nasty with your hair grease and sweat? OK for student squats but not for self proclaimed style gurus.
    Last edited by A*O; October 18th, 2014 at 06:25 PM.
    Lalasnake likes this.
    I've never liked lesbianism - it leaves a bad taste in my mouth
    Dame Edna Everage

    Just because you're offended doesn't mean you're right.

  5. #5
    Elite Member HWBL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    18,845

    Default

    Not my cup of tea.

    ^And what an ff-ing depressing painting!
    Warren Beatty: actor, director, writer, producer.

    ***** celeb

  6. #6
    Elite Member faithanne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    On the Hellmouth
    Posts
    12,614

    Default

    I actually love it (I think it's a photo) but it shows how washed out and bland the room looks when the only pop of colour is a black and white print.
    sputnik and Lalasnake like this.
    "You're going to die tomorrow, Lord Bolton. Sleep well."



  7. #7
    Elite Member palta's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Posts
    5,780

    Default

    I like the house itself but it has too much things on the walls. It looks poorly lit, but maybe it's the pictures.
    faithanne likes this.

  8. #8
    Elite Member Belt Up's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    11,021

    Default

    What a glorious house, so many beautiful features - love that massive arched door on the landing.
    Who lit the fuse on your tampon?

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Renovated Victorian House in Melbourne
    By palta in forum Home and Garden
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: July 3rd, 2014, 01:58 PM
  2. Renovated Victorian Home in Melbourne
    By palta in forum Home and Garden
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: May 13th, 2014, 02:02 PM
  3. A rental remodel
    By Honey in forum Home and Garden
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: June 2nd, 2009, 01:19 PM
  4. Cottage remodel
    By Honey in forum Home and Garden
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: April 5th, 2009, 08:24 AM
  5. A Craftsman remodel
    By Honey in forum Home and Garden
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: January 28th, 2009, 08:39 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •