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An Inspired Melbourne Addition with Shelves as Walls

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An Inspired Melbourne Addition with Shelves as Walls

February 22, 2016

Known for his masterful use of simple materials, Melbourne architect Rob Kennon says his work is about “craft and invention” built in with “elements of surprise and delight.” For a compact addition to an Art Deco house, he created a rigorously planned puzzlework of plywood bookshelf partitioning offset by concrete brickwork and flooring. The results are a domestic sanctuary: a series of discrete but integrated rooms, and there’s no lack of shelf space—or delight.

Photography by Brooke Holm via Rob Kennon Architects.

Above: Sliding glass doors in the back of the 135-square-meter (1,453-square-foot) addition open the living room to the garden.

Above: Kennon applied a materials palette of raw birch ply and polished concrete mixed with black elements throughout. The light is Greta Grossman’s Grasshopper Lamp, a midcentury classic.

Above: Open and closed shelving link the living room and kitchen/dining area. Says Kennon, “We aimed to created a sense of enclosure within the individual living environments while still maintaining visual and functional connections.”

Above: The remarkable millwork continues on the beamed ceiling. The dining area’s cement brickwork echoes the exterior walls and introduces a new raw texture to the space.

Above: Flush black cabinets are paired with a black Vola faucet (see more colors here) and butcher block counters that look like extensions of the shelving.

Above: A central square window suffuses the galley kitchen and dining area with with light, and takes the place of a painting.

Above: The fridge and pantry are concealed behind closed doors in the entry to the addition. And there’s also a glassed-in laundry area with sink. The stove wall has a backsplash of black subway tiles (scroll above for a view of it from the living room).

Above: A minimalist’s dream in a corner of the living room. The Alvar Aalto Stool, designed in 1933, is a Remodelista all-time favorite.

Above: Go to 10 Favorites: The Niche Workspace for more built-in desks.

Above: Vertically stacked subway tile and Vola fixtures in the all-white bath.

Above: Exterior shelving and a window onto the laundry area in the latticed entry. See more of Kennon’s work at RKA.

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