March 26, 2010
Photographer Jesse Marlow
A sequence of overlapping spaces and warm, natural finishes characterise Nest Architects’ Fitzroy residence.
The George St Residence is made up of a sequence of warm, humble spaces that celebrate the identity and personality of the clients. For a very modest budget ($600,000), and in a very short time frame (two months sketch design; two months documentation and town planning), we helped create internal spaces that reflect the clients and their needs.The house is sophisticated in its spatial arrangement, yet a delight to inhabit. The philosophy behind the design was simple: the clients are warm, generous people who wanted sophisticated spaces that went beyond the dull idiom of open plan living. The internal spaces were designed to be inviting and comfortable, with recycled and textured fixtures, materials and furniture used instead of overly glossy and artificial finishes. Spaces were arranged to gently overlap one another, avoiding an open plan feeling that felt disingenuous to the way we and our clients understood the world. Discreet rooms allow for activities and experiences often compromised in large shared spaces, while at the same time allowing views into different spaces to ensure occupants feel connected.
*Team* Architects: Emilio Fuscaldo, Imogen Pullar