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Warmth and modernity come together in 900 m2 of this large stone building in Melbourne

Australian studio Robson Rak was in charge of its construction and decoration. 900-m2 stone building on the outskirts of Melbourne. Distributed over three floors around two interior patios, the house is a strict and stable monolith reminiscent of a cave or a large primitive concrete sculpture.

Filled with arches, curved walls, geometric volumes, and small openings filled with plants, it is, at the same time, extreme and warm, cold and green, attractive and intimate. Maybe that’s why Kathryn Robson and Chris Rak, the intellectual “parents,” christened it The House of Stone and Soul, combining its two characteristics.

Shannon McGrath

“We intend to create an endless place that gives a sense of peace and tranquility as a refuge for a couple and their four children, “they said. On the ground floor, built underground, they arranged the guest room, a gym, and the playground, while the common areas were located on the first floor (living room, dining room, kitchen, pool, spa, and bookstore), and the second, the six bedrooms.

“The house is designed to resist the elements and the passage of time and to age with dignity. We use durable materials, such as handmade stone and brick. The limestone conveys an almost ancient feeling; the walls tell stories,” the architects said.

The owners gave them carte blanche. not only to deal with the project but also to choose the furniture and even the works that dress the walls. One of them, perhaps the most impressive, signed by the Australian John Young, welcomes its guests at the entrance.

Most of the pieces that make up the interior design, from the sofas to the lamps or the door handles, were sketched by Robson Rak and made by local craftsmen, although there are design nods here and there.

Custom stone sink

“The wells of light run on three levels and connect the rooms and to the plants, in a subtle homage to Mediterranean architecture,” explained Kathryn and Chris, who deliberately chose a very neutral color palette to emphasize the feeling of a cave and refuge, but outdoor furniture with color from the Spanish company Kettal to recreate the intellectual intimacy of this sea.

Home automation is hidden in the guts of the structure, powered by a solar panel, while cross ventilation helps the temperature regulate itself.

In the kitchen, vase by Emily Ellis

Home automation is hidden in the guts of the structure, powered by a solar panel, while cross ventilation helps the temperature regulate itself.

“Yes, a house woven with care and detail by Australian artists and craftsmen, who seek peace and tranquility above all,” the architects concluded.

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