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March 15, 2022

Elsternwick House encapsulates the extension of a pre-existing Victorian dwelling, crafted by Castley McCrimmon Architects. Utilising an arch motif, the architects create a modern house that embodies the separation of the old and the new.

Taking inspiration from several decorative, historical arches in the residence, the architects create a modern house by repeating the architectural detail in minimalistic terms. Alongside an over-scaled, simple arch inserted into the hallway, Castley McCrimmon Architects adds a steel-framed arched window and arched breezeway to smoothly transition between interior styles.

Whilst the original home had striking heritage features to be celebrated, including a highly ornamental façade, the design brief requested that the architects create a modern house, with pared-back details and a monochromatic colour palette.

Timber floors by Made By Storey subtly connect the heritage front of the house to its contemporary rear counterpart. Castley McCrimmon Architects chooses the colour ‘Cinder’ from The Touch Collection to ground the residence in aesthetic versatility whilst a chevron pattern sees the architects create a modern house, with an innovative reimagination of Victorian parquet flooring.

Castley McCrimmon Architects ensures that Elsternwick House resembles its former self in materiality, but not form. Embracing the spirit of juxtaposition, the architects create a modern house that playfully diverges from its historical origins.

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Architecture and Interior Design by Castley McCrimmon Architects.
Photography by Derek Swalwell.
Styling by Jess Kneebone.
Furniture by Space Furniture.
Build by Head Homes.
Landscape Design by Mud Office.
Structural Engineering by MTO Engineers.
Filmed and Edited by Cheer Squad Film Co.
Production by The Local Project.

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