A plain shopfront in Melbourne’s outer eastern suburbs plays host to this compact cafe with a sleek minimalist fitout. It was an opportunity for Biasol: Design Studio to work again with one of their previous clients, the team behind Lilydale’s Hutch & Co.
The house is strong and designed to withstand the challenges that exist in coastal environments, however is offset by the expression of finely considered detail and proportion to promote a sense of lightness and warmth.
This home makes the most of the street setback, using angles to softer the visual bulk of the facade to the street. Car accommodation has been taken off of the road, with a 4 car basement provided below ground.
Architects Elenberg Fraser claim the building design is inspired by the music video of ‘Ghost’ by Beyoncé. The twisting architecture is created entirely by parametric modelling, its spiralling curves recall the “twists and turns of a woman dancing in black cloth”.
Located on three street frontages, the compact 26 townhouse design and contemporary façade treatment with distinctive timber elements and soft cream bricks, blend harmoniously with the older post World War II houses in the area.