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The Playful House in Brighton

Contemporary Building Development in South Australia – design by Martin Friedrich Architects

7 Nov 2018

The Playful House

Design: Martin Friedrich Architects

Location: Brighton, Adelaide, South Australia

The Playful House

A young couple with 3 children approached Martin Friedrich Architects after seeing a Brighton town house project. They loved the clean modern lines, look and feel of this project, however wanted a more playful and fun house. This was to reflect their personality, active lifestyle and love of entertaining.

The Playful House in Brighton

The brief was to highly renovate their existing house largely from the 1980’s albeit was actually a renovation of a 1930’s house. They wanted to open up the small tight passages with low ceilings, create large spaces in the living zones and bring in light into this dark house. Planning regulations also allowed for reduced side setbacks based on the precedence set by an existing building. However after all of this, the existing house was of such poor construction that it was largely unusable albeit we still followed much of the existing side envelope.

The Playful House in Brighton

The Playful House in Brighton

The bold new façade, greets visitors with strong sweeping forms of 2 storey curved cast in situ concrete. These envelop and frame the existing outline of the building and projecting balcony and entry canopy below. The façade is further broken up by double storey full height glazing. A 2-storey band of black Japanese oak sharply contrasts against the minimalist pallet of white render.

The Playful House in Brighton

The Playful House in Brighton

Upon entering through the extended entry curve, broken up by steps and planter box, eyes are drawn to the expansive free flowing stair beyond. The curves of this serve to direct you to the 2-storey atrium space that literally cuts through the building forming a formal lounge and piano room. On the first floor above sweeping bridges serve to connect the parents, children and guest wings all of which have walk in robes and ensuites.

The Playful House in Brighton

The Playful House in Brighton

In the piano room, a bronzed mirror wall with inlaid circles stretches right up to the ceiling of the first floor continuing the strong curved language of the building. The mirror reflects the antique grand piano giving a strong contrast between old and new.

The Playful House in Brighton

The Playful House in Brighton

The substantial lounge, dining and kitchen space is light filled from a full height window that wraps and forms the skylight above, which literally slices right across this space. The polished concrete floor flows seamlessly out onto timber decking with balcony above. This decking serves to breakup matching concrete paving albeit with a sawn cut finish. Outside one can enjoy the basketball, cricket, in-ground trampoline and netball areas. These are surrounded by an infinity edge spa and pool, adjoining a wave style pool house.

The Playful House in Brighton The Playful House in Brighton

The Playful House, Brighton – Building Information

Architect’ Firm: Martin Friedrich Architects
Lead Architects: Martin Friedrich, Prashanth Iyer, Neha Gulati (Interior Designer)
Project location: Brighton Victoria Australia
Completion Year: 2017
Gross Built Area: 458m2/49sqs

Other participants
Builder: Matt Trihey, 1186 Pty Ltd – www.1186.com.au
Engineer: Con Vayenas, Vayco Structures – www.vayco.com.au
Joinery: Custom designed joinery throughout by Martin Friedrich architects and built by Lior Morsky Touchwood Cabinetry – www.touchwood.com.au
Electrical Contractor: Shane Mettes, Premium Electrics
Gates and metal work: Hiba Design & construction – www.hibadesignconstruction.com.au

Stairs: Custom designed by Martin Friedrich architects and built by Slattery Acquoff Stairs – www.sastairs.com.au
Landscape designer: Jodie Roach Landscape Design

The Playful House in Brighton

Brands / Products
Finshes
Carpet from RC&D
Timber veneer from George fethers & co
Calacatta benchtop from SMG stone
Mosaic tiles from Artedomus
Imperite in Dulux whisper white half strength semi-gloss finish
Polished concrete from Outback Concrete & finished by Highend Polished Concrete
Walls & ceiling Dulux whisper white half strength
Decking by Future wood

Fixtures and fittings
Tapware from Elite hardware
Miele & Qasair Appliances from Michaels of Brighton
Apaiser basins & bath
Windows by Alfa glass
Gas fireplace from Real flame

Lighting
Pendant light fittings from Gallotti & Radice
Downlights from Lights & tracks
Entry wall lights by ISM

The Playful House in Brighton

Furniture and artwork
Living room:
Tufty time sofa from Space furniture
Metropolitan chair from Space furniture
Abaco coffee tables from Meizai
Custom rug from RC&D
Artwork by Melma Hamersfield

Outdoor Entertainment area:
Apta table & Illum chair from Cosh living
B&B Italia Canasta armchair from Space furniture
Coast Isla beanbags from Cosh living

Kitchen:
Cut dining chairs from Cosh living
Apta dining table from Cosh living
Artwork by Kerry Armstrong

Lounge room:
Double storey bronze mirror with inlaid circles designed by Martin Friedrich architects and built by 1186 Pty Ltd
Sofa by Jardan
Bul floor lamp from Domo
Artwork by Kerry Armstrong

Master Bedroom:
Dream bed & bedside tables by Poliform
Metropolitan chair from Space furniture
Boule lamp from Hub furniture

Rumpus Room:
Glove chair from Interstudio
Custom designed modular sofa from Surround Interiors

The Playful House in Brighton

The Playful House in Brighton

About Martin Friedrich Architects
Martin Friedrich Architects is a design-based practice focused on inspiring and functional architecture for high end residential and multi residential projects.

The practice works to design clean and functional forms, delicately crafting every space to create a harmonious whole. We believe that even a free flowing space requires a sense of symmetry and balance.

The Playful House in Brighton

The Playful House in Brighton

Photography: Derek Swalwell

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