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The New Old / Jessica Liew

  • 01:00 - 20 March, 2013
The New Old / Jessica Liew
The New Old / Jessica Liew, © Jaime Diaz-Berrio
© Jaime Diaz-Berrio

© Jaime Diaz-Berrio © Jaime Diaz-Berrio © Jaime Diaz-Berrio © Jaime Diaz-Berrio +17

© Jaime Diaz-Berrio
© Jaime Diaz-Berrio

From the architect. A house that maximizes a relatively small 385m² site in inner city Melbourne, providing bright but private living spaces. There is simple, relaxed feel about this house,  loaded with character from the natural materials used including concrete, recycled tumbled bricks and hardwood timber. These provide an honesty and rawness so rarely seen these days - an antithesis to the glitz, luxe and glamour often seen in popular magazine and tv programs. To the architect/owner, the aim was to build a relaxed, private home that was energy efficient, practical and imbued with character from the all-natural materials used - complementing their extensive collection of art and antiquities from their travels. The result is remarkable. A home that has outwitted even other architects who have mistaken it for a renovation, rather than a newly-built dwelling on what was previously the neighbors tennis court.

© Jaime Diaz-Berrio
© Jaime Diaz-Berrio

Accommodation: double storey dwelling comprising formal living, library, cellar, study, casual living and dining, separate laundry, rumpus, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 3 car accommodation.

© Jaime Diaz-Berrio
© Jaime Diaz-Berrio

6 star energy rated: double glazed windows and skylights, double hung ceilings, double insulated stud walls,reverse brick veneer walls, underground water tank, hydronic slab heating, recycled bricks, custom double height pile wool carpet, regenerative hardwood timbers throughout.

© Jaime Diaz-Berrio
© Jaime Diaz-Berrio

'Switchable' spaces including a study turning into a guest bedroom (murphy bed); rumpus or second study on level 1; and studio or 3rd bedroom upstairs.

© Jaime Diaz-Berrio
© Jaime Diaz-Berrio

A courtyard sized to a car space for future additional parking requirement. Hidden storage and joinery throughout.Custom steel framed glass pivot doors replacing a conventional front door, the recessed floor mat is the only give away.

© Jaime Diaz-Berrio
© Jaime Diaz-Berrio

Antique Chinese screen doors framing the fishpond corridor , mural by celebrated Melbourne street artists Ghostpatrol and Miso; retention of the original chain wire mesh tennis court fencing and tennis court roller; all rooms feature a garden, fishpond or courtyard aspect.

Ground Plan
Ground Plan

Honesty: respect and transparency for all natural materials used - predominant palette comprising black concrete, white painted tumbled bricks and natural timber finish waiting to age with the house.

Cite: "The New Old / Jessica Liew" 20 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/344977/the-new-old-jessica-liew/>
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9 Comments

Lilian Núñez · April 13, 2013

Excelente obra, sencillez, buen gusto y sensibilidad espacial, me encantó!

Jessica Liew · April 08, 2013

Thank you Philip, the facade is a very rough stucco render all slapped on by hand to achieve the unevenness.

Odin Wang · March 24, 2013

awesome...

gabriel · March 23, 2013

that's great, dream house, no doubt about it. congrats

Jessica · March 23, 2013

Hi Paul, it's a black concrete floor- concrete mix with black oxide with light grind and sealed with satin alcohol based non- toxic sealer.

Philip Marynissen · April 06, 2013 02:06 PM

Hi Jessica, you did a fantastic job with this design, congrats! The theme of 'rawness' is well accentuated by the type of face cladding.
Is it some kind of concrete-color rough plastering you've used as facade cladding? Do you have any other references and/or info of this material? Thanks!

Paul Gerhard · March 23, 2013

Gorgeous design, I love the patina and the "ambiance" of the concrete floor. How did you get that finish?

Herr Tee · March 21, 2013

Beauty!

Fan · March 20, 2013

Melbourne needs more of this. I'm an inner Melbourne resident, currently at the pointy end of the design process of a new build on a similar infill site. I think you've nailed it. Congratulations! *Applause*

Fooch · March 20, 2013

Brilliant!

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