The original Art Deco style of this beautiful Toorak residence in Melbourne was beautifully preserved by Hecker Guthrie. They celebrate this beautiful movement from the first half of the twentieth century with iconic geometric patterns and precise details.
This twentieth-century residence was originally designed by Marcus Martin (1938). The Australian architect was very popular in the wealthy Toorak district of Melbourne where he realised many projects during the interwar period. His residences were all representations of his characteristic subdued Modernism. He also created this Toorak residence, which Hecker Guthrie – founded by architects Paul Hecker and Hamish Guthrie – would redecorate years later.
The original art deco style was preserved and complemented with a more contemporary dynamic
The original art deco style was preserved and complemented with a more contemporary dynamic. Beautiful natural materials such as marble and wood were used and the house is filled with light. The warmth of the dark wood contrasts nicely with the white robust marble. For the geometric shapes that were used, Hecker Guthrie drew inspiration from Art Deco patterns. For example, we find curved metal handrails, steel framed doors, curved passageways, special light fixtures, and so on. With subtle curves and a colour palette of white and grey, there is an elegant and serene atmosphere in the Australian house. Hecker Guthrie always strives for the building to evoke a feeling and that is certainly the case here. Images © Shannon McGarth