Peninsula Residence
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Peninsula Residence

Mornington Peninsula
SJB Architects
Sharyn Cairns
Nicole England

Designed to be tough… A bold reimagining honouring the history and integrity of the original home yet placing it firmly within contemporary 21st century design. A large glass pavilion houses the stunning new Master suite and multiple floor levels address the natural fall of the landscape. Tough materials like cedar, steel, glass, natural stone and concrete are featured in unrestrained sophistication.

Colour blazes forth unapologetically; glossy red echoes brazenly from kitchen to powderoom and the enclosed internal stairwell which leads to the roof terrace. Burnt oranges, vivid greens and moody blues elevate quiet spaces and pair perfectly alongside contemporary furnishings.

The result is a space that is certainly bold and unrestrained – yet more importantly it’s liveable, tactile and comforting. Peninsula Residence was designed by Andrew Parr, director SJB Interiors.

Interior designer Ansrew Parr, a long-time director f SJB Interiors in Melbourne, is perfectly aware of the paradox inherent in designing a retreat away from design - practitioners can never switch off the impulse to improve the built world. No, but they can try to silence the Pavlovian triggers to the stress that emanates to doing it for others. 

According to Parr the best holiday places are born of big vision, by which he doesn't mean the methaphorical masterstroke of concept but a very literal provision for expanded view. "We didn't get stuck on a specific location, as long as the house had some character" - says Andrew Parr and his partner.

The couple found it in a late-1950s shack, the multi-level structure of which floated a fibro-faced living-room on a besser-block ground-floor tyhat steeped all sleeping quarters into sunless abyss, above a clammy basement cellar. It exhibited all the form, frugal charm and colour exuberance of midlle-class, postwar Modernism - red linoleum and loud prints - with the facade framed to display the family car and far-off Port Phillip Bay.

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