When Monique Woodward of Wowowa encountered this Carlton North property, she and her workforce had been met with a DIY post-war renovation on a Victorian Workers Cottage, that had left the house with a ‘very highly vaulted ceiling.’ The property was affectionately bestowed with the nickname ‘Il Duomo’ consequently… and this phantasm of Italian heritage helped to tell the Wowowa renovation.
Monique explains that this architectural style of Italy was a flavour that the shopper was ‘keen to embellish.’ However, slightly than making an attempt a full Italian feast – the architects have playfully infused the house with delicate nods to the Mediterranean. Despite the constraints of a decent 4m extensive city web site, monumental octagon cathedral ceilings had been a key reference level. The architects rotated the geometry to create a terrarium courtyard, with a nod to the Medicis!
Inside, the comparatively small area is each joyful and useful, the place ‘every centimetre of this house is accounted for, and bursting with amenity.’ The pink and inexperienced façade of the Florentine Il Duomo knowledgeable the color palette, with ‘punchy Terrazzo’ that connects the inside and exterior areas. Pops of maroon interrupt the inexperienced kitchen and bench seat, however Monique explains that ‘the mint green in the bathroom is where the colour combination really sings of Italianality.’
The punch and pizzazz of this property is essential to Monique, who sees structure as key to the expression of tradition and experiences. She explains ‘too often playfulness in architecture is seen as over the top, but humans are hard wired to seek happiness – our spaces shouldn’t be designed any otherwise.’
In addition to creating pleasure for his or her purchasers, this mission can also be pleasant to the atmosphere. Through decreasing supplies and waste, utilizing insulated double brick, and maximising cross air flow, this tiny house has achieved a six star vitality score. A excellent instance of how sustainable design doesn’t imply compromising on aesthetics, or artistic flourish. This joyful house definitely sparkles with Italian ardour!
This home is shortlisted within the Residential Architecture class of the TDF Design Awards – to see the remainder of the shortlist, go right here!