Leopold Crescent — Black and White
The Black and White extension to a post-war semi-detached home in Mont Albert is a testimony to design collaboration and the opportunities for integration when design is considered at a macro and micro scale throughout the process.
In a rare occurrence our clients approached Cantilever as the kitchen and cabinet designers before even considering the architecture of the extension. With a mutual design respect and focus on sustainable materials, refined detailing and environmental performance, we recommended friend and architect Ben Callery Architects. It was a pleasure to collaborate with Ben and our horticulturist clients; we particularly enjoyed learning from Ben’s holistic approach to sustainability.
The drive for sustainable, quality design informed many choices through the project and also provide strong architectural gestures. Strategies include:
- Maximising solar gain in winter through a north orientation, raked roof and clerestory windows
- Large openings connect the home with the landscape, locating these on either side of the home provides cross-ventilation
- Passive cooling is assisted by the use of louvre windows and energy efficient ceiling fans
- A well-insulated concrete slab provides thermal mass and high-levels of insulation maintain steady temperatures throughout the seasons
- Quality materials with minimal maintenance to increase life span
- The result is an elegant and compact extension featuring a restrained material palette which is designed to complement and accentuate the materials and details of our K3 Kitchen Series.
Other features include:
- Melbourne-made Cantilever steel handles
- Splashback window with louvre and clerestory window
- Eames lounge chair
- Mies van de Rohe Barcelona chair
- Haiku ceiling fans
Photography by Tatjana Plitt
Styling Ben Callery and Tatjana Plitt