Oct 14, 2011

Phoenix out of the Ashes: Minimal Lines/ Warm Materials

Like a phoenix rising out of the ashes, 
this warm and welcoming home 
by JCB Architects + Doherty Lynch sits in some very beautiful country
in Victoria's bushland. 
After the devastating bushfires of 2009,
a program was established to provide cost-effective
and thoughtful designs which would meet the new bushfire regulations.
Several architects were invited to take part, 
and this design by JCB is one of them.
The owners engaged JCB to modify 
the design slightly,
to suit their requirements for a holiday home 
with accommodation for up to 4 families.
The interiors were designed by Doherty Lynch
as this is the family farm of one of the co-directors, Fiona Lynch.
And it has just won the Melbourne Design Award for 
best Residential Interior Design.
The lines are minimal, but the materials provide warmth
& a connection with the views outside. 
Simplicity of design helped to keep the budget tight.
These fabulous piano key handles on the hall cupboards
are witty, and yet are inexpensive. 
Easily procurable low-impact materials,
like ply & black laminate,
have been used to great effect,
to create a wonderful family holiday home 
with a modest budget.

It truly is like a phoenix rising out of the ashes.

 Interior Designers: Doherty Lynch
Architects: JCB 
Melbourne Design Award 2011: Finnon Glen.
Photography: Sonia Mangiapagne


  1. "from ashes to ashes, dust to dust" - I love this project.
    I would move in today!  Minimal, yet warm and simple.

  2. robinsonheather14/10/11 7:52 PM

    Absolutely gorgeous and a good story to boot. I love this home--a real, family holiday home too--nothing pretentious about it. Simple always trumps fancy in the end!

  3. can I just say a big SWOON on that third picture - those floorboards, that room, the light fitting - and THAT VIEW.
    oh my.
    cheryl xox.

  4. Fabulous architecture and design!!!

  5. Joy at Joyfulthings15/10/11 5:27 AM

    Simple, clean and elegant -  beauty after devastation.  And what a great location - I could stay there in a tent!

  6. Thanks so much for stopping by the Adore Vintage Blog!

  7. Well hello! What a gorgeous blog you have. Joining. Immediately. A-M xx

  8. Wow wow wow, this home is amazing. I don't know where to start, I love all of it. Especially the bathroom walls....gorgeous.x

  9. Oh that is clever! I love it! Ashes to ashes... you so beautifully captured the spirit of the architecture in that lovely quote Patricia. 

  10. And having a good story makes the house have so much more integrity, too, I think. 

  11. Hello Kristin, and welcome to Glamour Drops! And isn't it lovely to have fabulous architecture still achieved on a small budget? 

  12. mmm...I can picture you staying there quite happily in a tent Joy! What a camping spot - so incredibly wild and beautiful. Of course, though, we could pop into the house for our meals, which would be rather good. 

  13. Thank you A M and welcome to Glamour Drops! Thrilled to have you join! 

  14. Hello Something Gorgeous and welcome aboard! I love those little hex mosaic tiles too. We have seen so many large format wall tiles for so long it is delightful to return to something with more character on bathroom walls. Each have their place though, but I have always been a big fan of small tiles. I love their little irregularities. 


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