The brief for K House was to retain the essence of its mid-century modern plan, while adapting it to accommodate the owner’s busy family lifestyle.
Architecture Interior Design
Undertaken by DKO Interiors, the brief for K House was to retain the essence of its mid-century modern plan, while adapting it to accommodate the owner’s busy family lifestyle. The floorplan has been opened up to allow increased natural light and cross ventilation, with the western sun controlled through deep overhangs and slot windows. Plywood joinery, the concrete floor and plentiful bluestone, provide the texture and warmth to keep the modernistic vision alive, reinterpreting the typical 1950’s palette of sandstone and teak veneer. Removing an existing wall between the kitchen and family room allows for greater flexibility and an enhanced sense of the openness, while a black box has been added to the western façade to ameliorate western sun. This box is defined by a raised American oak platform and slot windows with contained views of the pool and gardens. Kitchen joinery is dressed in plywood, which floats through to the dining room, accentuating the horizontal nature of the space. The children’s spaces have been consolidated to the lower level, along with a new bathroom, laundry pavilion and cabana ensuite addition. All the bathrooms have been reconfigured in bluestone tiles and Sadler stone concrete slabs, while skylights allow natural light to wash the walls. A ground level family room opens to outdoor dining and living spaces alongside the pool. Though much more than a heritage renovation, this award winning project represents a sympathetic remoulding of mid-century architecture to provide a generous light-filled contemporary living environment.