202 Mountainview Road was formerly the site of a modernist residence, an architectural style that is famously prevalent throughout the Briar Hill streetscape. This attribute has informed DKO’s design intent for Jardine, which exhibits various characteristics typical of this movement. Having emerged in the 1920’s, modernism is synonymous with the phrase ‘form follows function’, meaning the purpose of the design comes first and the form is born from this. As depicted in the iconic residences pictured, modernist buildings typically showcase asymmetrical compositions; clean lines, large windows, visual expressions of structure and open plan living spaces. Interiors tend to exhibit custom features, split levels, ample timber and minimal ornamentation. Jardine embraces many of these ageless principals and interprets them in a way that is sympathetic of the area’s unique natural landscape.
Jardine’s external architecture succeeds in being respectful of its site, unique in its appearance and timeless in its appeal – a balance that when achieved, results in faultless design. Low-pitched roofs provide shade and shelter, floating above a strong masonry base. Pairing clean modernist lines with an asymmetrical form, the façade honours the site’s former dwelling while presenting a contemporary aesthetic to the street interface. Bespoke features like the aforementioned bricks and the timber framing around the entrances imbue Jardine with a strong sense of craftsmanship and authenticity; residents return home each day to a home that feels personal and considered. Additionally, artful landscaping allows the building to settle cohesively into its natural surrounds.
Jardine’s interiors are defined as much by what exists outside of the home as what is found within. A seamless connection between inside and outside is achieved via soaring, floor to ceiling windows, which draw the luscious surrounds inward while inviting natural light to flood living areas. The architecture has embraced the natural slope of the site, which in turn, affords internal areas with generous ceiling heights, ample sunlight and optimal ventilation. Within spacious, open-plan kitchen and living areas, a palette of natural textures and subdued colours is found at play, allowing residents to style spaces to their liking while again, leaving room for that magnificent outdoor splendour. Enviable kitchens boast plentiful storage, sophisticated appliances and mirrored splashbacks that bounce light playfully around the interior.
Throughout the home, the expertly appointed material palette references the Briar Hill landscape; grey eucalypt inked tiles, grainy timbers and textured stones are the heroes here, chosen to evoke a sense of calm and to sit quietly within their context. Reminiscent of modernist design, timber joinery is featured abundantly throughout the interiors, imparting spaces with a contemporary yet homely and organic look and feel. Plush carpets, sturdy timber floors and elegant tiles provide the perfect bases for living to unfold atop of.
Recognising the importance of sustainability and the fragile nature of the Australian landscape, DKO designs sustainable buildings that respect the sites, embellish the lands and create benefits for the communities that inhabit them. DKO Architecture’s enviable reputation has developed through the meticulous planning of living environments and the integration of internal and external living space, all of which embody the needs of the contemporary lifestyle. With a team whose expertise spans urban design, master planning, architecture and interior design, DKO is a dynamic design practice that’s core strength lies in innovative design and effective delivery.
John Patrick Landscape Architects conducts a broad range of landscape design and management projects, covering everything from heritage sites to park master plans and residential projects. Headed by John Patrick himself, the firm conducts work both nationally and internationally.
Projects include management plans for Canberra’s Old Parliament House and Flemington Racecourse as well as a number of Victorian hospitals and universities.
Demand has never been greater for innovative residences in close proximity to inner city workplaces and lifestyle amenity. The evolving desires of individuals of all ages are subsequently shaping trends surrounding our living space design and requirements. Hub Property Group value beautiful and defining projects that respond to the shifting demand and leave a constructive legacy on the surrounding landscape.
With a bias towards residential markets, Hub Property Group pursues boutique development and consulting opportunities, overlaying more than 40 years collective team experience. With disciplined action they provide clients with entrepreneurial solutions to their property development and investment portfolios.