A Sleek and Serene Japanese-Inspired Home In Melbourne

A Sleek and Serene Japanese-Inspired Home In Melbourne


‘Highbury Grove’ is the Prahran dwelling of Gilad Ritz alongside with his spouse and two small children, and made by his very own architecture exercise, Ritz&Ghougassian.  

On the lookout at the heritage facade, there are several clues as to what lies inside of. Further than the authentic two entrance bedrooms and entry corridor is what Ritz&Ghougassian co-director Jean-Paul Ghougassian describes as an ‘expression of quantity and gentle, contrasting concrete block work and noticed gum timber.’

The inspiration at the rear of this modern extension was Japanese architect Arata Isozaki’s essay ‘MA, Area/Time in Japan.’ ‘Isozaki talks about time staying a sequence of moments alternatively than a continuum, as expressed in the western custom,’ claims Jean-Paul. ‘We sought to categorical the household as a sequence of spatial rooms… Partitions loosely defining house, allowing for the outside globe in through a range of apertures and breakout areas.’

The biggest of these breakout spaces is a leafy courtyard lying instantly off the dwelling place, with the primary bed room dealing with opposite. Not only does this courtyard provide gentle, nature and create a perception of depth in between these areas, it allows these rooms to glance directly into a single a different. 

Regrettably, a lot of the original rooms of the home were not in fantastic ailment, so noticed gum floors were reinstated in the course of, and new hearths created. The primary ceiling and partitions in the outdated house, on the other hand, have been retained. ‘There is something nice about the authentic developing material remaining misaligned and dimpled,’ suggests Jean-Paul.

The clever spatial setting up of Highbury Grove achieves the project’s principal aim: to seize purely natural light from the adjacent northern laneway, although however maintaining privacy to the interior.

This home was the very first job Ritz&Ghougassian labored on equally the interiors and architecture, location the bar high for this young practice’s upcoming!



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