Old finds new in Plysier Perkins’ Normanby House. A Victorian villa in Melbourne’s seaside suburb of Brighton, which transcends time with a modern new extension.
Where old finds new
Typical of homes from the same design era, the choreography of light in the original villa is moody – evoking a feeling of the home’s antiquity.
To restore its grandeur and pay homage to history, some of the Victorian features throughout the home were reinstated. Not least of which was a traditional, brick mantel fireplace in the sitting room which was given a new life with an Escea DF700 Gas Fireplace, supplied and installed by the team at Stoke Fireplace Studio Melbourne.
Contemporary design touches create a foreshadowing of what’s to come – as you transition from old to new.
In stark contrast to the villa, the new extension greets you with an abundance of light thanks to its full-height windows that gaze out to a luscious back garden.
The garden was inspired by the client’s former home in Phuket – with a raw and robust material palette typical of Asian architecture. They wanted to bring with them a piece of their life in Phuket – the feeling of being inside, and outside at the same time.
Elegantly positioned in the corner of the living room is a MODE Corner gas fireplace. The fireplace was chosen for its contemporary appeal, without taking away from the design of the room.
Ultimately the extension was designed to focus on what lies beyond the windows – blurring the line between the internal and external spaces.
“We came to Stoke with a strong design idea, and Stoke basically sorted it out for us” – Berit Barton, Pleysier Perkins.
Feature by The Local Project.