We have previously written about another project of the quirky architecture of B.E Architecture: Mermaid Beach Residence. Today we are happy to show our readers this transformed warehouse in Melbourne. Very thoughtful choices, boldness and a lot of contrast describe this eclectic residence.
This monolithic-looking house designed by B.E Architecture is located in Armadale, an up-and-coming suburb of Melbourne, Australia. The house consists of no less than 260 tonnes of light grey granite that seamlessly clad the exterior of the building. In addition, it is characterised by both a sculptural heaviness and a weightlessness that is most pronounced when the sunlight illuminates the rough texture of the stone. A subtle contrast is created by the use of large wooden shutters that pierce the granite armour. This idea of adding contrast is visible in the interior as well. The minimalist look of the stone floors, white walls and ornamental elements without excessive embellishments is combined with a selection of furniture ranging from modernist classics to vintage pieces and custom-made designs. Everything to reflect the client's personality as best as possible.
The architects always knew how to choose the most strategic place for all the works of art.
The generously lit, open-plan living area provides direct access to the adjoining courtyard. With the help of the floor-to-ceiling full glass doors, you get a lovely open feeling. Ideal for receiving guests frequently and giving them a warm welcome straight away. The large custom-made dining table was made for the same reason and can even be extended when larger groups are received.
B.E Architecture's individuality translates into a few distinctive pieces of furniture such as the turquoise lacquered cabinet that provides a striking colour element in the living room. But also the custom-made, built-in olive-green velvet sofa that provides a comfortable seat steals the attention. This selection of eclectic interior pieces is complemented by a series of works of art carefully chosen by the architects. We are talking about works by artists David Noonan, Imants Tillers and Mark Hilton, each of which was given a strategical place in the house. The attention to detail that the architects put into the design of the house is astounding. From the split granite blocks that frame the doors and windows to the arched handrail that follows the staircase space, there is not a single element that has not been thoughtfully designed.
Photography by Derek Swalwell and Peter Clarke