Design studio Kennedy Nolan opt out for arched doors, sculptural chimneys and lots of crafts into its Deepdene House project.
Founded in 1999, Kennedy Nolan is an architecture studio that aims for a distinctive approach in design. The studio conveys a rational, utilitarian and technological philosophy into its work, creating spaces that support and reinforce relationships. The firm has a reputation to maintain when it comes to unique forms, colors, textures and light.
Recently the studio designed an east Melbourne Home using arts and crafts inspired elements such as arched doorways, sculptural chimneys and a pyramid-shaped roof. The project, named as Deepdene House, is located in a suburban neighborhood covered in Edwardian properties and flourishing gardens.
The studio’s response to such environment was to create a house design that combines crafted materials and several decorative forms, evolving towards the Edwardian architecture style that is present in the surrounding spaces.
White-painted brickwork, a patterned semi transparent wall and a swimming pool filled with blue tiles were a few of the options for the designers, Patrick Kennedy and Rachel Nolan, to get such results. The project consists of proto-modernist philosophies, expressive function, picturesque planning and exposition of crafts.
The living and dining room spaces are located in a pavilion-like structure towards the front of the site, while the bedrooms and lounge areas are in a two-storey block behind. A glass corridor connects the two structures.
A pyramid-shaped roof, externally filled with ceramic tiles and internally lined with cedar, inhabits the living room space. Sliding doors allow access to the swimming pool and the barbecue terrace, having the roof’s overhang creating a shelter for the patio.
The barbecue is integrated into a handmade Edwardian-inspired chimney, matching the one located above the fireplace in the main house. To convey a certain contrast to the architecture the two-storey building at the rear of the site features a more contemporary roof.
Apart from the master suite, all the bedrooms are located on the upper floor, leaving the ground free for other activities.
Wide windows reveal the depth of the brickwork, while horizontal concrete stripes indicate floor slabs and vertical lengths of cedar frame built-in wardrobes.