Designed for a couple of soon-to-be empty-nesters, the LSD Residence is a striking, asymmetrical, and cement-heavy home in Victoria's Toorak. Contrasting with the concrete walls are generous ceiling to floor glass windows on the second floor, with the blinds creating an intriguing pattern when the house is viewed from afar, and allowing residents privacy from the outside world.
The site of the house is narrow and long, and Davidov designed the residence itself to consist of three central blocks with two glazed interstitial zones containing the entrance and staircase, as well as the kitchen area. Wanting both a communal alfresco and bar area for social gatherings, and a separate kitchen for the real cooking and cleaning, the house features a butler's kitchen placed in close proximity to the larger central island open kitchen.
The master bedroom makes the most of the cement and travertine composition of the residence, with a curved concrete slab concealing a shower and LED lighting contrasting with the natural lighting that is a principle feature of the rest of the house. For Davidov, "The curved wall of the shower animates the stark façade of the building, which, depending on the lighting levels and time of day emerges and submerges from view from the street."
The LSD Residence plays with a palette of neutral colours, contrasting the cooler concrete with warm, blonde timbers, and prominent double-glazed glass.
Davidov Partners Architects davidov.com.au
Photography by Jack Lovel
What are the burning questions about living in design today? We seek to explore some of these in the LiveLive series of Design Hunter Conversations at Melbourne Indesign in August. The talks will take part as panel discussions led by the Habitus team and involving industry members who will offer their insight, experience and opinion on these topics.
We look at Heritage and Australian Identity as expressed through the architecture of the suburbs, asking the questions: what kind of architecture and design is worth protecting? How is an architectural identity forged and how (and when) shoud it change?
Disrupting Design Living looks at the idea of communal living – how is it defined and how can it work? The social and psychological benefits are weighed up against the practical, logistical and financial considerations.
Finally, lighting is the subtle, yet powerful element of space. As consumers and home-owners become more educated about design and architecture, attention to how our living spaces are lit will become more important. What is a good balance between natural and artificial lighting sources? What environmental concerns are we responsible for?
You can dive into a lively discussion on these topics with us during Melbourne Indesign. The three events will take place across Melbourne on Friday the 12th of August.
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