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Mont Albert B&W House in Melbourne

Contemporary Villa in Victoria, Australia – design by Ben Callery Architects

15 Jan 2018

Mont Albert B&W House

Design: Ben Callery Architects

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Mont Albert B&W House

Mont Albert B&W House

Photos: Tatjana Plitt

The clients, a family of four including two horticulturalists with a landscape design, construction and maintenance business, they wanted to owner-build the project and selecting Cantilever Interiors as the kitchen manufacturer was the first piece to lock in.

Mont Albert B&W House

Cantilever then recommended the clients engage Ben Callery Architects to design the house. Having worked together, they had a strong working relationship and mutual design respect and a similar sensibility all of which complemented the clients.

Mont Albert B&W House by Ben Callery Architects Contemporary Villa in Victoria

The clients see this as a fantastic opportunity to design a space that would complement and accentuate all of the elements that are unique in their hand crafted locally made kitchens – the materials, detailing and environmental performance.

The addition is an elegant and compact L-shaped plan with the Kitchen at the knuckle, the Dining space to the north side opening onto an outdoor entertaining area and Living at the rear overlooking the sort of beautiful lawn that only horticulturalists have.

Mont Albert B&W House

A raking roof lifts up over a north-facing clerestory window to bring light and warmth deep into the house. The asymmetry in this form complements that in Cantilevers balanced elevation compositions.

Mont Albert B&W House

The restrained palette of materials is all black and white except for the plywood roof and timber windows framed in timber complementing Cantilever’s language of all monochrome surfaces except for the timber elements to be accentuated.

Mont Albert B&W House

The raking ceiling and corner ‘bay’ window pull light in from the side and connect the occupant with the environment. As with the key elements in the cabinetry, these architectural elements are accentuated and the warm timber glows in the natural light against the backdrop of black, white and of course the horticulturalists’ green.

Mont Albert B&W House, Melbourne – Building Information

Project size: 180 sqm
Site size: 535 sqm
Completion date: 2015
Building levels: 1

Mont Albert B&W House

Photography: Tatjana Plitt

Contemporary Villa in Melbourne, Victoria, images / information received 150118

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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