A family home with a modernist bent

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Heather Nette King

Concrete, clear lines and interactive technology give this family home a modernist bent.

The home's strikingly modern exterior comes to life when it's illuminated at dusk. [photo: Armelle Habib]

The home's strikingly modern exterior comes to life when it's illuminated at dusk. [photo: Armelle Habib]

The home: A modern, four-bedroom family house in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.

Who lives here? Catriona, her husband and their twin seven-year-old boys. The house was designed by Catriona’s brother, architect Peter Maddison, host of the TV series Grand Designs Australia and the Grand Designs Live home show.

What was the brief? "Catriona and her family wanted to build a ‘forever’ home, which would grow and adapt to different family stages," says Peter. "They also wanted a clear, modernist statement, with fully integrated, interactive technology. Clean lines and the use of light and shade were consistent throughout the design, and there was a conscious decision to use off-form concrete as the dominant building material."

“This sofa belonged to baba, my Macedonian grandmother, who kept it in her ‘good room’. When we inherited it, there wasn’t a mark on it.” Click for more photos

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My favourite feature: "I love the laser-cut metal screens," says Peter. "They add a level of decorative character as well as being a sunscreen on the north side."

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The ’hood: "Catriona and her family live close to great schools and shops, and the local park has tennis courts and a cricket ground so the boys can run wild there."

Future plans: "We designed the home so an artist’s studio for Catriona can be built into the undercroft at the rear," says Peter. 

Grand Designs Live is on in Melbourne October 17-19 and Sydney October 24-26; granddesignslive.com.au.