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June 4, 2022

An Architect's own home, Seymour House is inserted as a respectful addition to its neighbourhood, openly embracing the streetscape lined with heritage-listed properties and modernist gems. In crafting the dwelling, Lani Fixler of Lani Fixler Studio has created a place that is private and personal whilst also engaging in an open conversation with the surrounds.

Located in a south-eastern suburb of Melbourne, Seymour House is an architect’s own home that draws from Lani Fixler Studio’s long-standing familiarity with the built environment. The project is one that expertly merges personal responses with the contextual.

In the construction of Seymour House, a connection to the street was important, as well as embracing the constricted site instead of challenging it. Sitting adjacent to Harleston Park, Seymour House is an architect’s own home crafted to be a continuation of its natural setting, with only two concrete plinths defining the barrier between the public and the private.

Throughout the building, modernism is championed through a natural and restrained materiality with the use of concrete, terrazzo, timber and slate. The consistency with which the palette is applied – with blockwork featuring as both an internal and external architectural element – celebrates the environment surrounding an architect’s own home.

Expressing considered detail and the characteristics of an architect’s own home, Seymour House is imbued with a sense of personality that uplifts its understated aesthetic. Crafted to complement the history and culture of the surrounding neighbourhood, Lani Fixler Studio graciously allows past narratives to continue as new chapters unfold.

00:00 - The Local Project Print Publication
00:10 - Creating a Family Home
00:40 - Introduction to the Home
01:25 - Entering the Modernist Home
02:04 - Walking through the Home
02:47 - The Bedrooms and Bathrooms
03:19 - Landscaping
03:40 - Courtyard Sculpture
03:54 - Artwork Throughout the Home
04:29 - What the Architect is Most Proud Of
05:00 - Subscribe to The Local Project Print Publication

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Photography by Timothy Kaye.
Architecture, Interior Design and Styling by Lani Fixler Studio.
Build by Stockwood Building Group.
Landscape Architecture by Acre.
Landscape Construction by Earth DNA Landscaping.
Filmed and Edited by Dan Preston.
Production by The Local Project.

The Local Project Acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners of the land in Australia. We recognise the importance of Indigenous peoples in the identity of the country and continuing connections to Country and community. We pay the respect to Elders, past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all Indigenous people of these lands.

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