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DX Architects recently completed a contemporary house in Elwood.
Elwood Residence is the result of extensive site analysis which resulted in the early decision to replace the existing dwelling. We were faced with a number of design challenges due to the unstable foundations and flood overlay of the Elwood canal and worked closely with the client to propose a light-filled contemporary solution.
Removing half of the duplex façade meant that the design for the new dwelling needed to complement, but also contrast the adjacent dwelling.
A double-height entry hallway and large spanning skylights to create a transition between the dwellings along the parti-wall boundary and allows for a connection beyond the boundary of the built area.
We love a great skylight and always look to encourage natural light into spaces. For this house, we focused on this a little further with an expansive entry gallery and window which wraps over the hallway allowing for a deep void and capturing the expansive landscape and views.
The approach to the interior materiality was influenced by the emphasis on contemporary design and a palette that would not date. The material palette was simplified to key contrasting black and white elements with the warmth of European oak timber flooring.
The central dining room was completed with a double-height volume and feature pendant lights, and black timber feature stairwell work cohesively to balance the overall space. Double glazed aluminium framed windows & doors were carefully detailed with a set down threshold detail so that the interior seamlessly flowed to the outdoor entertaining spaces.
The interior styling was prepared by Kate Walker Design including the bathroom selections.
Emily Bartlett Photography