104 Kooyong Road, Armadale
4 4 3
A design icon by the one of the founders of Modernism in Australian architecture, Harold Desbrowe Annear, this magnificent 1922 residence has been spectacularly transformed into one of Melbourne's finest family homes.
The original Desbrowe Annear design was used as inspiration and innovation for the cutting-edge renovation and extension by sustainable designer Luke Middleton from EME Design. The voluminous, contemporary and carefully detailed two-level addition was designed to open the house to northern light with a seamless connection to the lush botanical garden and swimming pool. The two come together with such vision, the home was awarded the Building Designers Association of Victoria Award for Best Heritage Renovation; whilst also being extensively featured in magazines and television commercials.
The powerful presence of Desbrowe Annear's design is a true showpiece of Modernist Architecture and an important heritage example of his work with its breathtaking semicircular and leadlight enclosed atrium featuring Ionic columns with garlands, now beautifully honoured and enlivened with window seating and clever storage. His signature stepped chimney shafts, and the patented sliding sash windows were specifically designed for The Sallman House.
Today, all the living spaces track along the northern side with stunning garden views and access, and linked by an Oak floored gallery.
Beautiful Victorian hardwood timbers such as Silver-top Ash feature throughout the home for warmth, and texture, and as a nod to Desbrowe Annear's use of natural materials. A timber clad freestanding fireplace dividing the superb formal living and dining rooms and a clever "box" pantry in the kitchen set beneath a soaring 5.5 metre vaulted ceiling are featured.
Designed as both a gathering space and culinary hub, a long island bench demarks the kitchen with the very best Miele appliances including an induction cooktop, extra large dishwasher and 90cm oven. Bi-fold doors allow flow to expanses of decking and terraces with an Electrolux barbecue for seamless indoor-outdoor entertaining, the swimming pool and poolside sauna and bathroom.
A superb step-down family room is positioned to mould with the garden creating a cosy, welcoming feel with bi-fold windows bringing in the fresh air and northern light.
The zoning of bedrooms is also considered with the main bedroom suite luxuriating in space in its own private domain with a walk-in robe and superb en suite with a walk-in rain shower and marble vanity with his and her basins. A giant pivot door seals off a two-bedroom wing discreetly positioned at the rear of the house with a shared bathroom; while a fourth bedroom floats above in its own quarters with an en suite and northern study.
Designed to the highest standards of sustainability available at the time of renovation, comprehensive appointments include double glazed argon filled windows, solid European Oak floorboards, powder room, hydronic heating plus central heating and air conditioning supplemented by split-system air conditioning, integrated indoor-outdoor music system, electric louvres for ventilation and releasing heat, self-cleaning, self-levelling, gas and solar heated swimming pool, 15,000 litre water tank available for the garden, toilets and washing machine, automatic watering system, electric gates to a double carport with integrated storage/workshop plus additional off-street parking.
Functional, seamless and beautiful, this one-of-a-kind family home successfully marries notable Arts and Crafts design with modern innovation made even more memorable by its prestigious Armadale location on the doorstep of High Street and Glenferrie Road's cosmopolitan shops and cafes and proximity to trams and leading private schools.