splinter society modernizes australian bungalow into an urban retreat
 

splinter society modernizes australian bungalow into an urban retreat

architecture firm splinter society renovated a much-treasured californian-style bungalow, the elwood house, in elwood, australia. the skillful and crafted work enhances the structure’s original character and enriches the experiences in the house. drawing on the owner’s diverse range of personal objects, interests and places of travel, the designers created a home rich both in narrative and texture.

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the architects created a home not about grand statements, but of simple yet meaningful details. keeping the existing house and its traditional character, the layout  includes the bungalow’s signature side entry, central hallway and adjoining small rooms. in line with the standard bungalow style, the new interiors use dark local timbers offset against stucco and hard plaster, creating a texturized material palette and play of colors and light.

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changing light throughout the day transforms the spaces into texturized shadows and color tints, reflecting the passage of time. splinter society drew inspiration from bungalow architecture as well as the rustic, japanese vernacular to create an elegant, but unpretentious living space. in addition, by integrating the client’s eclectic collection, the objects form a deep, personal connection to the spaces for a more meaningful function.

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to retain a cozy, cottage feel, the renovation focuses on a sense of inward privacy and connection to the garden. due to the client’s home office, the spaces need to be flexible but also provide a variety of experiences within one dwelling. each space is small and custom-made for one, specializes in one function and can be expanded for a larger gathering space. the enlarged areas feel like a private retreat: relaxing, warm, safe and unassuming.

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the landscape surrounding the house inevitably became a part of the design as well. from the entry, the garden provides a sense of privacy and refreshes the traditional architecture. the garden is framed through openings throughout the house, creating continuous connections to the exterior. at the back of the property, the garden provides the ultimate retreat, including a modest pool and stunning greenery.

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historically an admirable bungalow residence, the elwood house links nature to its interiors and provides a relaxing atmosphere for the owners. it is a modern living environment, where the clients’ own memories and achievements are celebtrated, while offering a serene space for reflection

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project info:

 

project name: elwood house

architects: splinter society

location: elwood, austalia

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