Slobom #2 Residence

(HOUSING – BUILT – MELBOURNE)

The work continues an ongoing exploration of form, space, experience, material, light, and the suburban condition.

Slobom Residence #2_04_north elevation_Stephen Varady Photo ©

The work is a family house in Melbourne, the 2nd project for this family.

The work is like a choreography between the owners, the architect and the builder – an act of belief, of faith, and of trust, an ongoing journey built on previous experiences.

The work is shaped and formed, it is hammered and pounded, it is sliced, hacked, pushed and pulled, and moulded, it is massaged and manipulated and sculpted. The work is a graft – a grafting of new onto old – to bring new life to a historic building that was neglected and stunted and dying. Sections of the existing have been retained, repaired, restored and rejuvenated, and a series of new volumes added.

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The new façades are unpretentious, allowing the richness of the rejuvenated old walls to come to the fore – a strong but sympathetic sculptural composition of old and new, allowing the building to reclaim its presence within the neighbourhood.

Slobom Residence #2_03_exterior-detail_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Slobom Residence #2_02_exterior-rear_Stephen Varady Photo ©

The work is also a carefully composed sequence of spaces – of varied shapes, volumes and proportions, with each space carved to suit the desired functions.

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These are compositions of space, light, material, geometry, colour, texture, and sound, but they are also very much about what is experienced.

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Slobom Residence #2_09_home office_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Slobom Residence #2_10_guest bathroom_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Slobom Residence #2_11_entry hall + seat_Stephen Varady Photo ©

The work is created as a receptacle for the experiences of living – a world of its own, to inhabit and enjoy, to grow up and grow old in; a place of openness and generosity for family and friends, but also a place of sanctuary; of intimacy and privacy, with an equal feeling of security and serenity.

Slobom Residence #2_12_historic dairy photo_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Slobom Residence #2_13_kitchen 1_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Slobom Residence #2_14_kitchen 2_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Slobom Residence #2_15_kitchen 3_Stephen Varady Photo ©

The work believes in ideas and attempts to engage with some ideas that have fallen through the cracks of history.

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Slobom Residence #2_17_cooktop detail_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Slobom Residence #2_18_sink detail_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Slobom Residence #2_19_splashback detail_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Slobom Residence #2_22_kitchen-living-dining_Stephen Varady Photo ©

The work is both a synthesis of the owners’ wants and needs, and an analysis of the site, the history, the environment, existing conditions, regulations, precedent and typology.

Slobom Residence #2_23_deck_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Slobom Residence #2_24_deck+restoration+extension_Stephen Varady Photo ©

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The living area deliberately and solely steps out to engage with, and embrace, the entire site to the north and the south, but it can also be closed off with blinds and curtains to become a cocoon.

Slobom Residence #2_30_pool_Stephen Varady Photo ©

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The work is crafted – painstakingly and precisely.  It is crafted in the traditional sense, but with contemporary means and materials and techniques.

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Slobom Residence #2_27_living joinery detail_Stephen Varady Photo ©

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These are spaces that can equally contain vigorous, energetic encounters or quiet, contemplative solitude.

Slobom Residence #2_33_dining 1_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Slobom Residence #2_36_children's wing stair_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Walls and windows have been carefully arranged to frame close and distant views inside and outside the site, and light filters through the spaces creating an overall atmosphere of tranquillity and serenity.

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Slobom Residence #2_43_children's hallway_Stephen Varady Photo ©

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Pop-out windows on the western façade open to the north to catch the sun and maintain privacy with the western neighbour. They create filtered lightboxes in the corridor outside the children’s bedrooms which are also personal spaces for each child.

Slobom Residence #2_45_pop-out window detail 1_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Slobom Residence #2_47_pop-out window detail 3_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Slobom Residence #2_39_children's bedroom 3_Stephen Varady Photo ©

3 bedrooms for 3 children to enjoy and grow up in over the next 10 years.

Slobom Residence #2_38_children's bedroom 2_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Slobom Residence #2_37_children'r bedroom 1_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Horizontal eastern views over a long workbench, and north-facing pop-up windows for sunshine and cross ventilation.

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Slobom Residence #2_32_north highlight window-closed_Stephen Varady Photo ©

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The work has big ideals and explores grander notions, sometimes at a minute scale.

Slobom Residence #2_41_children's bath - bathe_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Slobom Residence #2_42_children's bath 3_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Slobom Residence #2_48_hallway to parents' bedroom_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Slobom Residence #2_49_parents bedroom 1_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Slobom Residence #2_50_parents bedroom 2_Stephen Varady Photo ©

The work brings forth unforeseen possibilities…

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Slobom Residence #2_52_en-suite 1_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Slobom Residence #2_53_en-suite 2_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Slobom Residence #2_54_en-suite 3_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Slobom Residence #2_55_shower detail_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Slobom Residence #2_56_joinery detail-closed_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Slobom Residence #2_57_joinery detail-open_Stephen Varady Photo ©
His, Hers & Theirs Vanity

The work is a family house in Melbourne for a couple with 3 young children – a house that will become the family home.

DRAWINGS

Slobom Residence #2_58_3D_Stephen Varady Image ©

Slobom Residence #2_plans 1_before_Stephen Varady Image ©

Slobom Residence #2_plans 2_with walls to be demolished_Stephen Varady Image ©

Slobom Residence #2_plans 3_with demolition lines_Stephen Varady Image ©

Slobom Residence #2_plans 4_before+after comparison 1_Stephen Varady Image ©

Slobom Residence #2_plans 5_before+after comparison 2_Stephen Varady Image ©

Slobom Residence #2_plans 6_after_Stephen Varady Image ©

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