Entrusted with revitalising and extending a Victorian home in Melbourne’s Brighton, established architecture and interior design firm Pleysier Perkins embraced the family’s desire for a new ‘future-forward’ design.
Co-founder and principal Simon Perkins and his team reworked the heritage home to elevate its ornate, original narrative while futureproofing its family-orientated functionality through a well-thought-out second iteration.
Offering a reinterpretation of a traditional framework, we sat down with Simon to get his perspective on the home’s new pavilion-like extension and uncover how the hardest working spaces hone in on integrated practicality and cutting-edge appliances to ensure it’s fit for a modern family.
Pleysier Perkins worked alongside Watts Studio who sourced the furniture, artwork, and objects. In the main living space, a Valley sofa and Billie coffee table square in American Oak Raw both from Jardan, sit atop an Armadillo Agra rug in Marlin.
Situated just a short distance from the beach, this Victorian-era residence occupies a corner block surrounded by oak trees. Like most heritage homes undergoing modern expansions, challenges often arise in uniting the two architecturally distinct sections of the home. Drawing on their expertise within this scope of renovation and addition, Simon and his team made certain that the two ‘wings’ of Cochrane House appeared intrinsically unified by incorporating nuanced, traditional elements that marry the home’s rich past with its new present.
Altering the home’s vernacular, Pleysier Perkins built a contemporary gabled pavilion to sympathetically connect the original villa through a glazed passageway and feature courtyard. While the private spaces, including the bedrooms, bathrooms, study, and lounge, all encompass Victorian proportions and details, the kitchen, dining, living, games room, and garage are all contained within the newly built rear pavilion.