If you love the adaptive reuse of structures then you are bound to instantly fall in love with the Water Factory in Victoria. Revamped and refurbished by Andrew Simpson Architects this Aussie home showcases a wonderful fusion of heritage exterior and contemporary interior with each influencing the other in a remarkable fashion.
One of the unique challenges of building this lovely family retreat was the existing building code that prevented the house from being any taller than six feet above grade on the building’s uphill side.
But what really draws your attention at this modern-rustic home is the wonderful use of old brick warm wooden surfaces and smart bespoke lighting to create a refined and cozy fusion of contrasting styles.
Despite the more traditional backdrop one is never far away from modern ergonomics and comfort here. Artwork and sculptural pieces that reflect Vietnamese culture and heritage complete this masterful vertical house.
Gorgeously crafted garden stretches add to an already energetic living room that is filled with a bright blue couch orange and green chairs and a large sofa that provides ample sitting space. Even the open glass shelves in different colors accentuate this appeal of playful contemporary panache that is carried through into the dining space and the kitchen.
The major focus inside was on lighting and ventilation with a series of skylights and the stairwell bringing sunlight from the top level into the lower floor. Large open and sweeping spaces are clad in white to accentuate the positives while the existing wooden trusses are combined with a modern ceiling to bring in the best of both worlds.
Instead of one large structure the architects opted for two smaller volumes that make the most of the views on offer. The garden outside is filled with a variety of plants and lined with large stones and it seems to unite and bind the two volumes giving a sense of visual cohesion.