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/ By Kennedy Nolan Architects
Derek Swalwell
Kennedy Nolan Architects

Kennedy Nolan’s Hampton II challenges the age old design of ‘open plan living’ – instead of having an open area where sound will travel, the team designed a central corridor which connects a study/guest bedroom with the living room.

With nearly 20 years under their belt, it’s no wonder why Kennedy Nolan are leaders in contextual design. ‘Design at Kennedy Nolan is generated drawing on the optimistic precepts of modernism – rational, utilitarian, empowered by technology – and a positive view that the design and arrangement of spaces can support and reinforce relationships, can add piquancy and zest to lift’.

The Hampden II extension achieved the ability to be “light, airy, and open. The visual connection between the spaces remain but at the same time they feel distinctly separate” as explained by Kennedy Nolan Architects. Its bold ceiling ties perfectly in with the simple decor, the architects combined timber, glass, crisp white walls and a natural stone floor to give us the perfect mix of new and old.

The choice to use Victorian ash timber for the ceiling beams was not only because it provides a structural benefit, but it also connects the inside to out seamlessly. Victorian Ash was also used for the shelving and kitchen joinery – “materials are chosen for texture and durability to support the formal expression” as noted by Kennedy Nolan. Even though the beams are not produced by ASH due to the fact that they are not quarter sawn, they still represent the capabilities and strength that this timber has to offer.

Timber contributes to much more than a shelf or beam, it adds to the design aesthetic of a space. GoodWood Victorian ash is strong, stable, durable and stunning – visit the GoodWood webpage to find out more.

Architect – Kennedy Nolan Architects

Photographer – Derek Swalwell

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