Cassell Street House / b.e architecture

Cassell Street House  / b.e architecture - Facade, Concrete, WindowsCassell Street House  / b.e architecture - DoorCassell Street House  / b.e architecture - Bathtub, Bathroom, SinkCassell Street House  / b.e architecture - Stairs, ArchCassell Street House  / b.e architecture - More Images+ 30

Melbourne, Australia
  • Architects: B.E Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012
  • Photographs
    Photographs:Peter Clarke
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Thermeco
Cassell Street House  / b.e architecture - Facade, Windows
© Peter Clarke

Text description provided by the architects. Cassell Street house is a boutique new home built on a corner block in South Yarra, built in place of an attached Edwardian row house and set amongst homes of a similar vintage. The house was designed to be sympathetic with the period but not mimetic of any particular style, whilst remaining unapologetically contemporary.

Cassell Street House  / b.e architecture - Facade, Chair, Windows, Beam, Patio, Courtyard
© Peter Clarke

The limited material palate of natural and aged materials such as travertine, rusticated timber, concrete & steel cast over a strong rectilinear form work to give the building the quality of looking older than it is – to look as though in an another world it could well have been standing in its place unchanged since the 1930s.

Being sited on a corner block, the first floor form in particular is highly visible from the street with all sides visible to the passer by. A bespoke material treatment was thus considered an appropriate urban gesture. The complex travertine façade is made up of 10 different sized slabs of stone laid in bands sourced from opposite sides of the same quarry producing two distinct colours. The banding quality of the stone façade is referential of Byzantine buildings in a reference to the owner’s heritage.

Cassell Street House  / b.e architecture - Bathtub, Bathroom, Sink
© Peter Clarke

The deep apertures formed in the travertine walls of the first floor façade make the building read as a singular and massive stone edifice and in doing so shade and shelter the western windows as well as protecting the occupant from the nearby major road.

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© Peter Clarke

By contrast, downstairs is characterised by expansive glazing, opening the living areas to the secluded garden space which surrounds the building.

Cassell Street House  / b.e architecture - Facade
© Peter Clarke

A visitor enters from the street into the heart of the building adjacent a curving staircase rising three floors from basement garage to the upstairs bedrooms. The curving staircase contrasts with the rectilinear form of the exterior and is used as a separation device to define the ground floor living areas into two distinct zones: The day/summer areas facing north and overlooking a pool and outdoor eating area; the night/winter areas facing south and east into the more sheltered back yard. 

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