In the Melbourne suburb of Carlton, this newly renovated monochrome house stands out from its neighbours. The black and white front facade is sleek and minimalist, not giving away many clues as to what lies inside. The back of the house has been transformed, showing off an impressive black double-height space and interesting angles. The graphic colour scheme combined with original bricks gives the house an urban edge.
The site is compact, like a lot of original terraces. To combat the size restrictions Tom Roberston Architects have incorporated a streamlined kitchen within the open plan living area which gives a sense of spaciousness. Light floods in from the mezzanine above, which houses the floating study. A beautiful timber staircase that runs down one side of the living space gives access to the upper level, finished with a white mesh balustrade that adds visual interest without blocking any light.
The main bathroom and ensuite maintain the same vibe as the rest of the monochrome house, featuring grey terrazzo on the floor and walls. Bold black tapware and towel rails mimic the black window frames and details throughout the house. The large format tiles and consistent rectangle shapes keep everything crisp and clean. The doors feature repetitive vertical panelling that’s pleasing to the eye.
The roofline of the house has skylights placed along it, so rooms that were once dark now feel modern and light. This monochrome house in Carlton has a simple design aesthetic, sticking to a moody palette for the interiors, warmed up with timber and soft textiles. Carlton House by Tom Robertson Architects is a great example of how to modernise an older home using innovative design ideas.
Photography by Derek Swalwell.