A historic townhouse turned into a contemporary residence in East Melbourne

Originally an old townhouse with historic value, this structure has been recently transformed and incorporated into a complex project. The historic stables structure is located on Charles Street in East Melbourne and has been recently made a part of a brand new, state-of-the-art residence. The project was ambitious from many points of view.

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The architects working at this project did not wish to adapt the original structure to modern architecture. The goal was not to make the two obviously different structures, the old and the new one, blend. They wanted to allow each one to preserve its identity and defining characteristics. Their main goal was preserve the original building’s identity and to air at creating striking but elegant contrasts with the new addition. It’s why one volume is definitely contemporary and one is definitely old.

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The architects merged the original bluestone, bricks and timber with glass, honed bluestone and recycled hardwoods. This resulted in a mix of old and new. The entrance to the residence is through an impressive foyer with a floating staircase that leads to the living spaces. The living room features a custom-made gas fireplace and the dining room shares an open plan with a gourmet kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances.

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The main bedroom is situated on the upper level and has a stylish marble en-suite bathroom. A second bedroom is located on the ground floor and features an adjacent study area. It’s an amazing property and it’s currently for sale.