Wed, September 19, 2012

Architect Clare Cousins’ Home


Owner and architect Clare Cousins revived her family’s Edwardian house with a modern sculptural extension. The extended Edwardian house takes all of Clare Cousins’ talents, priorities and penchants and simmers them down into a beautifully balanced building.

On a pretty tree-lined street in Melbourne’s Prahran, the frontage provides little hint of the adventurous design to come. But swing the door open and a halo of filtered light beckons the eye to discover the boundary-pushing extension and detached studio beyond.

Visually, the interior style is set by the newly built garage and studio at the back. Inside, the studio is set up as a fourth bedroom with an ensuite for guests, but it may one day serve as a teenagers’ hangout, granny flat or home office. Its exterior screening gives a nod of acknowledgement to the famous glassware designs of Finnish master architect Alvar Aalto, with the curving timber slats filtering western sun and providing privacy from neighbours. And it brings a big hit of atmosphere to the house.

Photography by Shannon McGrath








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