Dominated by a vast oak tree, the alterations to a Victorian house in inner Melbourne represents the formal and visual innovation in a new vein of work by architecture firm, Kennedy Nolan.
A Natural Ergonomic Design
The aspiration for a “very high quality, ergonomic design” was amplified by the clients’ desire to bring that into a wider operation of their house and use it to interact with the outside world. Based on this, the architects describe the importance of the kitchen, “for us, it really makes sense to work with Fisher & Paykel as they care about implementing good design in their product.”.
Project Type: Residential
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Architect: Kennedy Nolan
Photographer: Derek Swalwell
The classic styling of the black range implements many of the physical characteristics of the Victorian house, along with the unique alterations which make this project remarkably innovative. Functionality is a key consideration within the kitchen and the flexible cooking options with exceptional design complements the architect’s vision for the site. The intertwining of classic and idiosyncratic elements drift throughout the Oak House creating a sense of hospitality.
For the architects, in terms of Kennedy Nolan’s principles, the project was a process of abstraction and a way of managing ornament, which pulls the whole building visually into a single object. The saturation of the texture, materiality and colour contribute to an intellectually engaging piece of architecture by Kennedy Nolan.