The owners original house in Melbourne was a 1970’s Boyd designed house. The brief to the architect was to create a retrospective home capturing the feel of the pragmatic 70’s architecture.
Coningham House sits level on the site to capture proportions in terms of the broader landscape and also to minimize excavation costs. The grey masonry bricks were used extensively internally and externally to give authenticity to the material, whilst also creating an offset against the beautiful timber joinery and white painted plasterboard walls and ceilings. As the western sun enters the courtyard it fills the internal walkway warming the brick walls creating a thermal bank. North facing double glazed windows and doors and insulated slab maximize the solar gain in the living spaces and also the Master Bedroom. This house creates an interplay between efficient and luxurious materials and soft furnishings.
A U-Beam running around the entire perimeter of the house hides the roof from view, a detail that was important to the Architect. Features of the home include: 3 Bedrooms, a Study/Den with honey coloured Tas Oak walls, Ensuite with WIR to Master Bedroom, separate bathroom for southern wing, Blackwood veneers, “Sydney Bluegum” timber overlay flooring, custom fabricated Shoji screen doors, insitu exposed aggregate concrete wall capping’s, in-slab hydronic heating, contemporary light fittings, Madinoz door hardware, Stainless Steel and Artedomus “Maximum Moon” benchtops, Tas Oak veneer door and drawer fronts and a Ergo Focus Woodfire.
Externally the Red painted and varnished LVL timber columns create a playful contrast against the grey brick and Barestone courtyard walls.
Year Built: 2017
Architect / Designer: Stuart Tanner Architects
Building Surveyor: Lee Tyers Building Surveyors
Project Manager: Phil Hesketh
Project Foreman: Mike Fitzgerald
Photographer: Kelsey Timms