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