Architectural projects that merge older, existing buildings with contemporary additions are oft-attempted, yet not always seamlessly realised. This stunning project by Wellard Architects is one that nails it.
Commissioned by a young family to transition their Elsternwick Edwardian into a flexible, open and contemporary space to take them into the future, “the aim was to preserve a curated retention of delightful Edwardian details to attract rather than detract from the homes modern edge,” says principle architect, Huw Wellard.
The ensuite is a study in delicate tonality, punctuated by a striking black steel framed shower screen. Light oak cabinetry and pale stone bench-tops are enhanced by the gentle, traditional terrazzo characteristics of Fibonacci Stone’s Flannel Flower. Its mix of warm grey and fresh white fragments set within a light grey base work to perfectly fuse the bathroom’s new elements, and link it to the stunning original Edwardian fireplace that’s been given a contemporary update via a simple timber over-mantle.
This graceful palette is carried through to the master bathroom, with its deep freestanding bath, as well as the well-planned galley laundry.
“Bearing witness to the contemporary application of an ancient stone technique is one of the great joys of the job,” says Fibonacci Stone’s creative director, Michael Karakolis. “Projects such as these that merge old and new architecture are a wonderful testament to the depth of our design range.”
Images courtesy of Wellard Architects | Photography by Derek Swalwell | Styling Bek Sheppard