We are grateful to Derek Swalwell Photography for doing such a great job capturing our latest residential offering in Hawthorn. A large family home fronting the Yarra River reserve.
This unique property abuts native parkland with enviable views across the Yarra River towards Melbourne’s skyline.
Whilst still amongst the familiar tapestry of a brick and terra cotta clad suburbia, cues for this new home where taken from its parkland setting, rather than from neighbouring dwellings.
Here instead, we have adopted a pallet of raw, earthy materials uncharacteristic to the area. Stone dry-stack walling, natural cement renders, recycled timbers and dark metal screen louvers, combine and reach out to make a strong connection to the park.
Utilising the sites sloping topography down towards the park, and with all the living areas strung along a single upper level, we enter the house ‘at-grade’ and continue through to the family living zones to the rear, these rooms being suspended a full floor above the park interface. Resting high amongst the tree canopies, they evoke an almost ‘tree-house’ experience.
The robust architecture is beautifully complemented by the native garden surround, skillfully crafted by Phillip Johnson Landscapes, to blend seamlessly into the connected parkland.