Located North of Melbourne’s CBD in Essendon, the Plumbers House manages to capture the clients want for a modern design, becoming a prominent addition to the streetscape whilst contextually fitting into a fast evolving area of Melbourne. The attention to detail seen both internally and externally throughout the entirety of the building perhaps sets the tone for the future Architectural style of the area and encapsulates the essence of family living.
On entry, the light that is provided by the double height glazed skylight sets the tone of the building as the airy nature filters through the house creating a sense of spacious comfort. The Zinc cladding seen on the front façade of the house is a fitting combination with the tinted glazing which embraces the spectacular city views whilst contrasting with the exposed concrete entrance and steps. The use of the an earthy, natural and sustainable palette of materials is sympathetic to the previous house whilst staying relevant to the immediate context and vibe of the wider Essendon Area.
A strong brief driven by the owner’s occupation as a plumber was a key influence in the design as the theme of water provides an overwhelming sense of calm. A cascading water feature lines the entrance as this tranquility flows through the buildings in built aquarium and the large viewing window on one of the pool walls creates an atmospheric light for the basement.
The floor to ceiling sliding doors and windows that access the alfresco area allow for seamless outdoor/ indoor living creating the ultimate entertainment area under the rear cantilevered overhangs. A sporting zone ensures the kids are kept entertained in the backyard while the private courtyard aids in providing a moment of peace.
Nominated for an institute of architects Award in 2017 the design incorporates 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms (3 en suites), an open plan kitchen and 2 living areas. The house is also equipped with a generous 4 car basement garage, office area, cinema/gym, alfresco area and a wine cellar to boot.