The following modern residence has sought a certain balance between the interior and exterior world, keeping in mind the importance of every day life and necessities. Walking on the line of modern and traditional, “The Empire” manages to merge the old with the new, the traditional with the contemporary and still express a certain elegance and style. The mix of elements starts with the traditional “A” shape of the home, reminder of everyone’s childhood and continuing with the beautiful rectangular swimming pool and the variety of textures and materials used in the interior design. An important aspect is the lighting system which include all the modern appliances of our time and the massive glass walls that sustain that desired connection outside-inside, managing to bring in certain parts of the home the interior in. Overall a neuter color scheme can be envisioned but the combinations of textures and materials make the entire interior design vibrate. The front facade offers the street a minimalist design, simple, geometric with light filters and a certain imposing feeling, the home opening only to its own backyard and controverting the perception and the degrees of intimacy on the facade. We are a fan of the geometric architecture but we consider that the overall interior design contains a little bit too many elements in order to make everything work together. What do you think, do you like this eclectic feel of The Empire Modern residence?
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Description by Residential Attitudes:
“The mid-century modernist movement was characterized by clean simplicity, the integration with nature and meeting the daily needs of the family within. It was with this philosophy in mind that we created “The Empire” display home to achieve the perfect balance of light, volume and the interrelationship between indoor and outdoor environments.
Being a narrow site with the solar aspect to the front, the logical conclusion was to set the living areas, kitchen, balcony and master suite on the upper floor nestled amongst the tree canopy. This allowed the upper floor to be bathed in sunlight throughout the year and elevated the home above the street noise below creating a calm peaceful setting. Serviced by a dumbwaiter from the garage, the upper floor translates into a self-styled apartment hidden amongst the trees within a dense urban environment.
With the desire to cater for multi-generational families, a separate living and alfresco area were situated on the ground floor to relate to the lap pool and two storey light well. Two minor bedrooms share a central bathroom with an additional powder room and separate laundry with chute. The reading room and entry hall with floating stone stairs gaze out to the lap pool and courtyard beyond.
The brief for the home was to embrace the aesthetics and intent of mid-century design and re-interpret it for today’s modern lifestyle and the Perry lakes setting. Raw natural materials like concrete breeze blocks, pacific teak cladding, timber parquetry floors and internal face brickwork blend with elegant white walls to encapsulate the characteristics and simplicity of the design.”