Inspiration comes in many shapes or forms and one thing I really enjoy doing is accidentally coming across other people’s work from all over the world. Internet is like a 24/7 open gallery we can all access and some of the world’s finest architects and designers are a click of a button away. There are specific projects and professionals who shaped my career and style and who inspire me to this day – and I want to show you some of them so that you can enjoy them as much as I do!
A few weeks ago I was scrolling through Pinterest while I was having my morning coffee. Nothing unusual since I do this most days anyway, although since the lockdown I’m looking mostly at recipes and pictures of cute kittens! But I came across this beautiful picture of an almost futuristic building with duck egg blue cladding and concrete curved walls. I love unusual architecture so it instantly drew me in. Once I clicked on the link it quickly became obvious that the inside is even better than the outside and this has become one of the favourite projects I came across recently.
Kennedy Nolan is an architecture practice based in Melbourne, Australia. Originally working on residential projects and expanding into multi-residential, mixed use, retail and education the company is ‘dedicated to the production of architecture that is highly responsive to its context and seeks to form a strong relationship with landscape.’ You can see why I love their work so much!
Eaglemont House is nestled into Mount Eagle with views to the north and east, views that had to be maximised while still giving the house and its garden enough privacy. The land came with strict restrictions to protect the park-like surroundings and trees – and so Kennedy Nolan designed a house that will ‘grow into its surroundings’ as the newly planted trees grow over time.
‘The brief called for a four-bedroom house with study, playroom and gym as well as a large garage, consequently the design process required a very hard-working plan and section. The plan had to resolve conflicting demands of amenity, privacy and aspect and the section had to facilitate an easy ascent and descent through the house and to visually and inherently connect the seven levels – to avoid a feeling of layers and make the vertical relationships as effortless as the horizontal connections. It is a house designed to be there for a long time, to grow into its surroundings as the tree canopy rises around it and for this reason, it is built from robust materials which will improve in appearance as they show signs of age – natural cement render and pre-aged copper cladding’ says Kennedy Nolan.
The clean interiors you see past the imposing bespoke entrance door and the stunning curved staircase is in keeping with the surrounding landscape and create a calming and elegant home.
Eaglemont House by Kennedy Nolan – Photography by Derek Swalwell