The combination of concrete, marble, and timber is pretty fool-proof when it comes to design. Each material has its own distinct character and each looks beautiful in their own right, but together they’re simply sublime. An example of the materials coming together perfectly is in the Elwood Townhouse by InForm Design. The Melbourne-based design firm was put to the task of creating a row of three houses in the inner-city suburb of Elwood in 2015. The project was so favoured by the firm’s Director, Chris Mckimm, that he ended up purchasing one of the houses for himself and his family.
A concrete wall, which is shared with next door, spans the entire length of Mckimm’s house. The concrete delivers a very raw look and feel to the home, which is offset beautifully by the warm timber floorboards. The bottom floor of the two-storey home hosts the study, open-plan kitchen with an impressive marble bench, and living spaces. These areas surround the glazed central courtyard. With the house being so linear, the courtyard is integral to delivering natural light and a sense of openness to the space.
The simple and elegant timber staircase, adjacent to the courtyard, takes us upstairs where two generously sized bedrooms are found. A combination of timber and marble in the bathrooms gives them a very clean, minimal, and modern look. We think the pièce de résistance is the standalone bathtub in the master bathroom, which looks almost too good to use. Interestingly enough, upstairs also hosts a purpose built yoga studio.
The house’s exterior sports an equally sleek look, and is a nice indication of the beautiful design found inside. A black timber balustrade runs along the front of each of the three houses, connecting and unifying them. Each house also features a black steel framed pergola, which contrasts nicely against the concrete facade.
We’re huge fans of the Elwood Townhouse by InForm Design. The minimalist design exudes elegance, all while remaining very simple and clean. Where minimal spaces that use concrete and marble can sometimes feel cold or unwelcoming, this house is the opposite. It combines each material in such a way that it always feels warm and homely while still remaining very contemporary and sleek.