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“This house in Toorak is all about delivering a glamorous and sensuous experience that is visual and tactile and links meaningful to the outdoors”, says Rob Mills.
RMA took a site with a derelict duplex in Melbourne’s Toorak and turned it into an impressive family home that is at the same time functional, sleek and contained.
‘The client on this project was an inspiration to me and the feeling of the house very much reflects her character, her sense of style and fun’, says Mills.
Extensive excavation on the site created a subterranean area for a movie room, a sophisticated wine cellar and car parking. The entrance sequence for guests is that of a tall, proud façade giving way to formal rooms, such as a sunken living room off the foyer through to the informal areas where the family gather. While there is a clear differentiation of space, with distinct zones, they also have the ability to merge; walls slide open, the spaces link and the visual generosity of the entire space is revealed. The controlled monochromatic palette for the interior decoration throughout ensures there are no jarring visuals and the eye glides across the space.
Other devices enhance this perception of free-flowing space from the unconventional kitchen bench which is raised on chrome legs, like a piece of furniture, to the walls of glass which draw the eye to the landscaping. The tour de force is the covered outdoor space, another room entirely furnished in Spanish brand Gandiblasco with its distinct melding of comfort and style.