Is one such delightful beachside family escape that seems both inviting and refined thanks to the striking fusion of locally sourced timber hardwood with modernity by Ola Studio. Overlooking the beautiful coastline of Victoria this Aussie home seems to float effortlessly above the beach even as large windows connect it with the view on offer.
Shaped by stunning mountains all around and defined by the unique lot on which it sits this in works within the existing limitations to make the most of both space and the views on offer. The sloped triangular lot the family residence sits on plays a major role in shaping its overall silhouette along with local construction guidelines that mandate the use of wood for at least 30 percent of the home’s surface area. Walking this architectural tightrope and delivering in style GCA Architects ensured that the dwelling did not compromise on unabated views even while offering adequate privacy to those inside.
A small dining area next to the large kitchen with ample storage space acts as a cozy ‘social zone’ while the master bedroom with its tufted headboard wall and beautiful bedside pendant lighting oozes luxury. A colorful yet classy kids’ room with corner beds and a contemporary bathroom complete this exquisite residence in Kiev that is both comfy and pleasant.
A fun collection of toys on display framed artwork from UK street artist Eelus and a street lamppost in the corner of the ‘casual café’-style dining space ensure that this living area is like nothing else you have ever seen before. The bedrooms inside the home also have an aura of their own with blocks of color used to mimic the De Stijl art movement and the works of legendary Dutch painter Piet Mondrian.
A series of features like the super insulated foundation and concrete flooring the smart triple-pane German windows a cutting-edge heat recovery system that functions at 88% efficiency and of course the solar panels that provide the home with sufficient power combine to deliver an effectively zero-energy home that still seems cozy modern and charming.
The transformation combines the aesthetics of the Victorian home with contemporary style without compromising on practicality comfort and ergonomics. A transition between the old and the new is still distinct and yet feels seamless with an air of relaxing calm.
Smart extensions of Victorian homes are becoming all too common Down Under and many of the classic residences in cities like Sydney and Melbourne have already traveled down this path. It is often a smart choice that is dictated by the needs of a modern family changing lifestyles across the globe and of course the poor state of the original structures. But this fabulous home dubbed gives a stylish contemporary twist to this idea with a timber extension that is sculptural stylish and keeps away the excessive heat of harsh summer days.