Project / Completed 2020
“Glenda and Alistair were interested in a timeless home of white surfaces and Australian hardwood timbers. These are punctuated by tactile splashes of brass and rich moments of colour that reveal themselves from behind closed doors”
Hood House is a single fronted workers terrace with the perfect blend of heritage details and contemporary design. Located on a narrow site, the home was given a transformation that involved opening the space, connecting living zones and exploring a muted yet playful material palette. As the renovation developed through the ownership of two separate clients, a key focus of the design was flexibility. What was originally intended as a family home required adapting to suit the needs of a semi-retired couple who were looking to enjoy the inner-Melbourne neighbourhood of Carlton North.
The combined passion and expertise of the team at Mihaly Slocombe resulted in the creation of the compact and hyper-functional home. Boasting an impressive portfolio consisting of residential, commercial and public spaces, the Melbourne based architectural practice prides themselves on creating “timeless and memorable buildings that offer … clients the very best in contemporary architecture”.
“We used Victorian ash timber for the window frames at Hood House because it’s a sustainable, locally sourced and durable material. But above all, because its natural warmth is a delight, and compliments the rich textures we’ve used throughout the house”
The renovation is subtle, so much so that it is almost invisible from the street, yet behind the heritage façade is a bold, contemporary space. The home is made up of a simple palette of Australian hardwood timbers and white surfaces with contrasting brass elements and pops of colour.
Bridging the outside in are blonde timber windows and doors made using GoodWood Victorian ash. Sustainably sourced and manufactured at our world class facility in Heyfield, GoodWood Victorian ash is a popular choice for timber windows and doors for its combination of being hard-wearing, strong and visually stunning. Learn how you can incorporate GoodWood into your next design here.