In the picturesque town of Point Lonsdale, at the tip of the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria, sits the debut design project by architecture studio Robert Ashby. The black studio is a bold statement, with a materials palette including charcoal coloured bricks and black timber panel boards.
The clients were looking for a new, self-contained studio for family and friends to stay. Robert connected the existing and new studio building via a north-facing outdoor area, with part of his concept being to blur lines between the interior and exterior spaces. The bold material choices by the architects are in response to a brick fireplace in the original house and the dark colour of the existing building. They have managed to pay respect to the original building, while creating a new dwelling that has it’s own distinctive vibe.
A major design challenge was to produce a building with a small footprint that also maintains an open and spacious feeling. Robert Ashby Architects responded with clever use of vertical paneling to draw the eye up to the huge north facing windows which capture the light in the 4.7 metre-high hallway.
This innovative design is finished with warm touches of timber and concrete to balance the dark colours, making it a perfect guest retreat.