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Robson Rak Brings A Heritage Home Into The 21st Century

Pavilion House Robson Rak Architects CC Shannon McGrath | Habitus Living

For a young family in Melbourne’s bayside suburb, Robson Rak designs a home that balances an L.A. Pavilion-style with heritage Victorian features.

Expanding old houses is often a solution for the needs of a growing family, but it can be challenging to find equilibrium between the old and new. For an architect, that means considering and respecting the home’s original footprint and responding to that with a carefully curated spatial configuration. Reflecting the family’s love for the mid-century architecture, Robson Rak has designed Pavilion house with a particular composition that balances the integrity of its existing 1888 Victorian residence with a modern new glass pavilion. The brief for the architects was to design a welcoming and expansive home that would not only connect to the surroundings but also elevate the existing fabric features.

Pavilion House Robson Rak Architects CC Shannon McGrath corridor

Pavilion House Robson Rak Architects CC Shannon McGrath living

After spending significant time in L.A., the clients grew fond of mid-century modernist architecture. So when they returned to Melbourne, they sought out Robson Rak architects to renovate their Melbourne home with the desire to add a pavilion that enabled a close connection to the outdoors – a feature that the existing Victorian home did not provide.

L.A.-style Pavilion and the existing Victorian terrace are more aligned internally than they may appear at first glance. Separating the two structures with two internal courtyards also brought lush greenery into every room, giving it a sense of space and an abundance of natural light.

Pavilion House Robson Rak Architects CC Shannon McGrath open plan living

Pavilion House Robson Rak Architects CC Shannon McGrath dining

“In honour of the home’s original features, we chose to adopt a classical and somewhat elegant approach when selecting the new finishes and fittings for the house,” explains the Robson Rak team. With rose gold highlights by way of the tapware, herringbone floor tiles in the bathroom, and Ashlar-patterned limestone internal and external walls, the details serve to reference many of the dwelling’s heritage characteristics.

With an appreciation for the high level of craftsmanship behind the Victorian home, Robson Rak Architects restored the grand marble fireplace, ornate Victorian cornices, arches and high ceilings – and recreated the interior to function appropriately for a contemporary family lifestyle.

Pavilion House Robson Rak Architects CC Shannon McGrath living

Pavilion House Robson Rak Architects CC Shannon McGrath bath

Robson Rak’s approach to Pavilion House allows each distinct architectural style to appear in conversation rather than in competition.

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Photography by Shannon McGrath

Styling by Swee Lim

Dissection Information
Sculptures by Mark Galea, Caleb Shea, Ewen Coat
Vessels by Emma Davies
Wiggle chair from Vitra supplied by Space Furniture
Ligne Roset Grillage settee and armchair from Domo
Butterfly chair and Tio table and chair set from Luke Furniture
Vitra tripod clock from Domo
Lunar and Bowie vase by Sarah Ellison Studio
Edvard mirror from Domo
Provence bowl from Great Dane
Tricolour vase from Great Dane

Pavilion House Robson Rak Architects CC Shannon McGrath indoor outdoor

Pavilion House Robson Rak Architects CC Shannon McGrath outdoor

Pavilion House Robson Rak Architects CC Shannon McGrath pool

Pavilion House Robson Rak Architects CC Shannon McGrath pool pavilion

Pavilion House Robson Rak Architects CC Shannon McGrath courtyard

Pavilion House Robson Rak Architects CC Shannon McGrath backyard

Pavilion House Robson Rak Architects CC Shannon McGrath nook window

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