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Deventon Residence: Blending Heritage and Contemporary Design

CEO Khai Intela
Discover the transformation of Deventon Residence by Jolson Architecture and Interiors Image Credit: Lucas Allen A timeless heritage-listed home, 'Devenescire', built in the 1930s in the Arts and Crafts style, has undergone a remarkable modern...

Discover the transformation of Deventon Residence by Jolson Architecture and Interiors

Deventon Residence / Jolson Architecture and Interiors - Exterior Photography, Windows, Facade Image Credit: Lucas Allen

A timeless heritage-listed home, 'Devenescire', built in the 1930s in the Arts and Crafts style, has undergone a remarkable modern makeover. This comprehensive remodeling project, executed by Jolson Architecture and Interiors, carefully balances contemporary design with the charm of the original structure. The result is a stunning residence that caters to the needs of a young family, while embracing the beauty of its private garden setting and an abundance of natural light.

Blurring the Line Between Old and New

The design approach for Deventon Residence celebrates the heritage-listed building by establishing a harmonious contemporary architectural dialogue. The aim was to seamlessly integrate modern elements into the existing structure, rather than creating a separate entity. The result is a blurred and seamless transition between the old and new.

Deventon Residence / Jolson Architecture and Interiors - Exterior Photography, Garden, Courtyard Image Credit: Lucas Allen

Embracing Modernity

While the design approach respects the original architecture, a substantial addition was made by demolishing and reconstructing the rear of the home. This expansion extrudes the shape and materiality of the existing brick building, creating a stunning contrast. A new basement level was also excavated, accommodating additional programs such as a six-car garage, boat store, home theatre, wellness retreat with gym and sauna, and wine cellar. The basement level is seamlessly integrated into the site works, maintaining the expansive gardens surrounding the house. Large north-facing windows bring natural light into the theatre and wellness areas, cleverly cut directly into the new swimming pool which is suspended above the driveway ramp.

Deventon Residence / Jolson Architecture and Interiors - Interior Photography, Living Room, Sofa, Windows, Shelving, Chair Image Credit: Lucas Allen

Harmonious Integration

A sophisticated dialog between old and new is established in Deventon Residence, where contemporary architectural details are inspired by the existing heritage features. The internal spaces exude a modern vibe, framed by the character of the original building. This careful design approach combines a modern vernacular with the arts and crafts building. The home opens up to the substantial garden setting and facilitates contemporary indoor/outdoor living spaces. An angled canopy, inspired by the existing roofline, frames the exterior pool terrace and gardens, adding a touch of elegance to the overall design.

Deventon Residence / Jolson Architecture and Interiors - Interior Photography, Dining room, Table, Chair Image Credit: Lucas Allen

Celebrating the Exchange Between Old and New

The interior detailing of Deventon Residence further celebrates the seamless integration of old and new. In the kitchen, the surfaces angle to form the bench and rangehood, mirroring the original angles of the building. The diamond-like pattern from the original leadlight windows is etched into the wall paneling of the Powder Room, Lift, and Master Robe walls and doors. Robust and enduring materials are used throughout the interior, embracing the texture and character of the home and its connection to natural light. The master ensuite, with its bush-hammered limestone, effortlessly responds to the abundance of natural light, framed by a 4-meter lightwell that opens to the sky.

Deventon Residence / Jolson Architecture and Interiors - Interior Photography, Stairs, Facade Image Credit: Lucas Allen

Elevated Living Spaces

The curation of interior spaces in Deventon Residence is inspired by the clients' existing art collection. Furnishings have been carefully selected to enhance the tonal and conceptual qualities of the artworks. Deep tones and layered textures create a captivating atmosphere in the billiards room, influenced by Bill Hensen's photography. Vibrant and colorful tones connect to works by Jonny Niesche and Del Kathryn Barton, adding a vibrant touch to other areas of the home. The result is a contemporary residence that elevates the needs of a young family, while paying homage to its heritage.

Deventon Residence / Jolson Architecture and Interiors - Interior Photography, Chair Image Credit: Lucas Allen

Deventon Residence is a testament to Jolson Architecture and Interiors' ability to create contemporary, enduring, and carefully considered designs within the context of a heritage building. The blend of old-world charm and modern aesthetics creates a living space that is both comfortable and visually captivating.

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