KENSINGTON RESIDENCE

Lead DesignerWILL LEAF
Prize(s)2nd Place in Interior Design / Renovation
Entry Description

Situated in the leafy streets of Kensington, this double storey Victorian terrace required a renovation to accommodate the modern day lifestyle of a growing young family.

The design sought to restore the existing building, which was riddled with cracks due to moving foundations, and connect it to a modern new extension that would become the main living space of the house.

A single storey lean-to was demolished to make way for the new wing, which extended further into the site than its predecessor and was built to the boundary in order to maximise the potential of the small plot. Steel framed glazed doors connect the internal living area to a courtyard at the rear, with bluestone paving in both areas reinforcing the connection of the two spaces.

In order to create a sense of height and space, a skylight was added above the dining area. The skylight not only allows natural daylight to flood the further recesses of the space, but also visually connects the new extension to the original house. An angled plywood wall curves down to the ceiling on the other side of the skylight, providing a gentle and inviting introduction to the main living area.

Bio

Ewert Leaf is distinguished by its commercial approach to design. We carefully manage the balance between creativity and practicality to create innovative yet pragmatic design solutions which are contemporary yet enduring.

To ensure this balance is maintained, we test our designs against both cost indicators and aesthetic benchmarks and encourage an open dialogue with both consultants and clients. Working together with our clients, we strive to ensure that fresh ideas and contributions from all parties can flourish within an inspirational, supportive and pragmatic environment.

Awards and Prize

2018 RESTAURANT & BAR DESIGN AWARDS - SHORTLIST - ST ANDREWS BEACH BREWERY
2018 BAYSIDE DEVELOPMENT AWARDS - SHORTLIST - ASLING STREET
2018 IDEA AWARDS SHORTLIST – EVENT – MIDTOWN DINER
2018 IDEA AWARDS SHORTLIST – HOSPITALITY – HANOI HANNAH RICHMOND
2018 MELBOURNE DESIGN AWARDS SILVER WINNER – THE GROUNDSKEEPER
2018 MELBOURNE DESIGN AWARDS SILVER WINNER – HANOI HANNAH RICHMOND
2018 MELBOURNE DESIGN AWARDS SILVER WINNER – MIDTOWN DINER
2018 MELBOURNE DESIGN AWARDS SILVER WINNER - PALERMO
2018 MELBOURNE DESIGN AWARDS GOLD WINNER – ST ANDREWS BEACH BREWERY
2018 MELBOURNE DESIGN AWARDS SILVER WINNER – THE LONDON
2017 MELBOURNE DESIGN AWARDS GOLD WINNER - RESIDENTIAL - ST KILDA WEST RESIDENCE
2017 MELBOURNE DESIGN AWARDS GOLD WINNER - HOSPITALITY - NEPTUNE
2017 MELBOURNE DESIGN AWARDS GOLD WINNER - HOSPITALITY - FRANKS
2017 MELBOURNE DESIGN AWARDS SILVER WINNER - MULTI-RESIDENTIAL - 45 ORRONG ROAD
2017 MELBOURNE DESIGN AWARDS SILVER WINNER - COMMERCIAL OFFICE – BAYLAND
2015 AUSTRALIAN INTERIOR DESIGN AWARDS SHORTLIST – HOSPITALITY DESIGN – FEAST OF MERIT
2017 HOUSES AWARDS SHORTLIST – HOUSE ALTERATION AND ADDITON OVER 200M2 – ST KILDA WEST RESIDENCE
2017 INTERIOR DESIGN AWARDS SHORTLIST – RETAIL DESIGN – BLACK LEOPARD SKINCARE
2015 GOOD DESIGN AWARDS FINALIST – ARCHITECTURE – FEAST OF MERIT
2015 MELBOURNE DESIGN AWARDS GOLD WINNER - INTERIOR DESIGN HOSPITALITY CATEGORY – CHOW CITY
2014 MELBOURNE DESIGN AWARDS SILVER WINNER – ARCHITECTURE RESIDENTIAL CATEGORY – MIDDLE PARK RESIDENCE
2014 PORT PHILLIP DESIGN DEVELOPMENT AWARDS – BEST NEW RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT – MIDDLE PARK RESIDENCE
2014 MELBOURNE DESIGN AWARDS GOLD WINNER – INTERIOR DESIGN HOSPITALITY CATEGORY – FEAST OF MERIT
2014 MELBOURNE DESIGN AWARDS SILVER WINNER – INTERIOR DESIGN HOSPITALITY CATEGORY – COBB LANE BAKERY
2013 MELBOURNE DESIGN AWARDS WINNER – ARCHITECTURE RESIDENTIAL CATEGORY – AIREYS INLET RESIDENCE
2012 MELBOURNE DESIGN AWARDS WINNER – INTERIOR DESIGN HOSPITALITY CATEGORY – HAWK & HUNTER