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Kister Architects’ Church Conversion

Direct from the pages of Habitus #36, Ilana Kister of Kister Architects has taken a dilapidated, inner city church and turned it into her studio’s headquarters; seamlessly connected to the home she shares with her three young daughters.

On a small urban backstreet on the fringe of one of Melbourne’s most creative precincts, a disused bluestone church cuts a striking profile. Only a discreet timber entry hints at the contemporary home within.

Inside, a concrete path slopes upwards to an impressive courtyard, with restrained sculptural landscaping creating an almost futuristic elegance. An invitingly lengthy pool spans the boundary of the property, while curved walls and glass meet the old church’s pillar arches in a dramatic convergence of architectural styles.

“When people come over, I think there is a bit of curiosity and excitement… It is definitely an unusual house,” admits owner and architect, Ilana Kister.

Read the full story in Habitus #36, the Nourish issue, out 12 June.

Kister Architects

Words by Sandra Tan

Photography by Peter Bennets

Church Conversion Kister Architects pool

Church Conversion Kister Architects entry

Church Conversion Kister Architects living room

Church Conversion Kister Architects dining room

Church Conversion Kister Architects entrance