If residential courtyards are the ultimate in peacefull dwelling space, then this David Hicks-designed home is the definitive endorsement. In a quiet cul-de-sac Melbourne's prestigious Toorak, the house has been set araund a central quad garden and lap pool. This cortyard within a court offers calm, privacy, and natural ventilation. With an external roo as its focal point, the recently completed property is an appropriate project to herald the new building arm of the designer's successful practise.
Inspied by Italian villa architecture, the symmetrical facade has a flat roofline along the narrow front boundary. The entrance to the house is pivotal, and oversize, bespoke graphite texture steel gates create a dramatic, antechamber effect on arrival. Adding a touch of glamour and nostalgia are the doors, which feature a custom designed trim with fine moulding and classic hardware. Flanked by terracotta gardens pots, the well-proportioned structure is reminiscent of renaissance style palazzos.
Inside, circular ceilng motifs provide a reprieve from the largely angular forms. In the foyer, a black Eero Saarinen Tulip tableechoes the large, round, coffer above, from which hangs a Murano glass waterfall chandelier. The client wanted the house to have a classic twist, yet still remain contemporary, so David incorporated many of her beloved antiques while adding various new pieces to keep it corrent.
Many older items, such as the slipper side chairs in the living room, were refurbished, while rare, vintage pieces including a Lalique vase were sourced from Paris and elsewhere abroud. Dispite the combination of eras, texture and colour, harmony is achieved by employin a creamy-hued stone throughtout the house, including the courrtyard and pool.
The neutral palette of ivory walls an white veneer create consistency, blurring the spaces to create a seamless, flowing floorplan. The kitchen is an elegant combination of bleached veneer, stainless steel and calacatta marble. The dusty pink ensuite echoes this refined silhouette, with honed travertine tiles and lacquered doors.