Skyline Drive, MaribyrnongContemporary Living Room, Melbourne
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Retractable roofIf too much glare proves to be an issue with a glass ceiling, then a retractable awning can help control how much sun shines through. The open-plan living space on the top level of this contemporary home has a glass roof with retractable awning, but when it’s open, the movement of light warms the concrete and brings the architecture to life.The architects who asked ‘what if?’
3. Skyline Drive by FGR Architects. Maribyrnong, Victoria
GlassInterior Designer and Decorator Larissa Davis of Lewisham Interiors: Glass has been a favourite material of mine to work with throughout my career. Along with its elegance and high-end appeal, I find it extremely versatile in that it can be utilised for so many elements in a design, be it interior or exterior. We recently designed a carport that featured a glass roof, as it was important for the clients that the structure maintained a light, open feel and not interfere with the symmetry of their home’s Art Deco facade. We also designed a curved glass canopy over the upstairs balcony doors, and incorporated some existing lead light feature windows into a much larger window design.Furthermore, we have had a lot of success with mirrors as a splashback when trying to visually open up a small kitchen, and a warm bronze or antique style can really ‘class up’ a laundry. To introduce a full wall of mirror in a tiny bathroom with a frameless glass shower screen is an exciting transformation to see, and clear glass set over a feature wallpaper can further expand the design and colour possibilities. Extending to furniture, lighting and accessories, glass is always such a welcome inclusion at the final dressing stage.
There’s nothing ordinary about this eating area and it has been designed to be just as effective at night as it is during the day. A retractable awning gives you complete control over the sun shining through the glass ceiling, and underwater lighting means the pool is still a feature when the sun does down. And using office chairs as dining chairs? When they’re as good looking as these Eames Aluminium Group Management chairs, why not?Take a look at the view from the pool
Raffoul eliminated paint, plaster, tiles, floorboards, carpet, skirtings, architraves and timber doors. Instead, he used commercial construction for concrete floors and ceilings, and in-filled glass panels, glass doors and double-glazed windows. Despite the lack of superfluous design detail, Concrete House is full of soul.Raffoul designed Concrete House upside down, with the bedrooms and service spaces on the lower floors and the spacious and bright living area on the top floor. With a retractable glass roof, the movement of light warms the concrete and brings the architecture to life. But the truly show-stopping feature is a glass-fronted and fishbowl-like swimming pool adjacent to the living area.