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Ivanhoe Black House Melbourne

Extended Renovated Property in Victoria design by Chiverton Architects, Australia

24 Feb 2018

Ivanhoe Black House

Design: Chiverton Architects

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Ivanhoe Black House design by Chiverton Architects

Ivanhoe Black House in Melbourne

The client’s brief was to design an extension to a Victorian house that would work as a multi-generational home and make a better connection to the garden. ‘I grew up in a Merchant Builders house which was heavily influenced by mid-century Danish modernism’ notes the client ‘and I wanted the new house to be influenced by this’.

Ivanhoe Black House in Melbourne

This translated itself into a building that uses simple forms, natural finishes and plenty of natural light. Exposed brickwork is used to give texture and warmth is gained by oak floors and cedar windows – all oiled with a matt finish.

Ivanhoe Black House in Melbourne

Formally the house tumbles down the site to maintain a close connection to the garden so that it is possible to step out from the kitchen to grab some vegetables or go for a swim from the living area on a hot day. The result is an airy house that feels uncomplicated and light to be in.

Ivanhoe Black House in Melbourne

Ivanhoe Black House in Melbourne

Ivanhoe Black House in Melbourne

Key to the ethos of functionality was a focus on sustainability. The house is orientated to maximise solar gain in winter, yet it is shaded by moveable and fixed external screening in summer. The sun provides hot water and power, and rainwater is collected under the building for the pool, toilets, laundry and garden.

Ivanhoe Black House in Melbourne

Ivanhoe Black House in Melbourne

Ivanhoe Black House in Melbourne

Ivanhoe Black House, Melbourne – Building Information

Architect’s Firm: Chiverton Architects
Lead Architects: Barnaby Chiverton
Project location: Melbourne, Australia
Completion Year: 2017
Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 303 sqm

Other participants
Builder: Andrew Pradel of Built Marc
Engineer: Keith Long and Associates
Building Surveyor: Anthony Middling and Associates
Sustainability: Fadi Shafiq of Keystone Alliance
Land Surveyor: Breeze Pitt Dixon
Cost Estimator: Percy Licen

Ivanhoe Black House in Melbourne

Brands / Products
Roofing: Lysaght ‘Kliplok’ in zincalume
Roof capping: Colorbond in ‘Monument’
External cladding: Accoya boards with Porters ‘Palm Beach’ Stain
Internal walls: Plasterboard with ‘Natural White’ ecolour no VOC paint
Tiles: Tile lab ‘Satin white’, Bespoke Tile and Stone ‘Zephyr’, Perini ceramic floor tiles
Windows: Cedar with Treatex matt wax
Floors: American white oak with Treatex matt wax
Lighting: Italstyle
Kitchen: Miele oven and cooktop, Schweigen rangehood, Hafele waste bins, Scala sink mixer, Frranke sinks, Laminex joinery in ‘Black’, Pine joinery stained with Porters ‘Palm Beach Black’
Bathroom: Cygnet toilet suite, Scala sink mixer, shower mixer and toilet roll holder. Villeroy and Boch basins, Veitch stainless steel shower channel, Hansgrohe ‘Raindance’ shower.
Heating: Bosch hydronic boiler, Hurlcon hydronic heating, Morso
Joinery: Diulux 2-pack ‘Natural white’, Laminex ‘Oyster Grey’

Ivanhoe Black House in Melbourne

Photographs: Tatjana Plitt

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Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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