HOME TOUR: A HERITAGE EXTENSION THAT HEROES TIMBER

Inside the sleek, urban oasis.

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Image: Tom Roe Photography

It may be in the heart of Melbourne, but with its lofty perch, leafy outlook and enthusiasm for timber, this striking apartment could certainly be considered a “tree house” of a different kind.

But the award-winning design is actually known as “Taking it to the Bank”, owing to its position within the old State Savings Bank, a heritage protected building whose charming 1920’s facade belies the sleek contemporary extension beyond.

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Image: Grant Kennedy, We Shoot Buildings

Answering the brief for an empty nester couple who wanted a stylish and contemporary home that could also accommodate studio and office space below, building designer Jackson Fitzroy Kelly of JFKDESiGN turned to sustainably-sourced engineered Australian timber as the key ingredient in the extension.

“The focus for JFKDESiGN was and always is liveability, and a home that is a pleasure to live in for our clients,” Jackson Fitzroy-Kelly explains. “We chose Big River plywood for its durability, unique finish, bespoke application, and Australian origins.”

Variations of Big River’s Armourpanel Spotted Gum plywood can be seen throughout the interior, its application in window reveals, kitchen joinery and wall panelling serving as a linking element within and between rooms, while adding warmth and richness to the overall design.

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Mixed Materials

Held aloft by steel columns, the extension’s exterior is a collage of red brick, black zinc and smooth concrete; a distinctly industrial combination that complements the warm timber tones used inside, and plays on the abundant natural light. The theme carries through to the interior where the timber is broken up with swathes of matte black and stone-look finishes on splashbacks and tiles.

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Smart Solutions

Custom joinery and clever built-in furniture plays a leading role in the interior, answering the need for storage while maximising space. A sprawling bookshelf, concealed desk in the study, and the bedroom’s window seat utilise the same engineered timber and benefit not only from its strength, but from its decorative yet exceptionally hard-wearing finish.

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Image: Grant Kennedy, We Shoot Buildings

Light Relief

A close contender for the title of main attraction in the home, the north-facing sliding glass doors that connect the living area and balcony soar at 2.7metres high, making the most of natural light and providing uninterrupted treetop views. Daylight streams in via carefully considered windows elsewhere in the house, further emphasising the design’s thoughtful consideration of indoor-outdoor living. Custom-designed, blown glass pendants by artist Laurel Kohut are a highlight of the décor, adding warm pops of yellow to the interior.

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Image: Tom Roe Photography


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