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be­tween Michael Mccor­mack, di­rec­tor of Mi­lieu, and Jesse Li­nardi, DKO Architecture de­sign di­rec­tor, re­sulted in an in­no­va­tive, space-sav­ing home.

How did you be­come in­volved with this project and what was the client’s brief? Jesse is a great friend and he was look­ing to de­sign a home for him­self. When we saw this site we knew it was ideal for a col­lab­o­ra­tion. The project is in Colling­wood, quite near the Mi­lieu of­fice, so we know the neigh­bour­hood well and wanted to con­trib­ute pos­i­tively to the area. What were the chal­lenges and how did you re­solve them? We ac­quired what was an old garage, and con­verted the small foot­print into two ver­ti­cal homes. The big­gest chal­lenge was work­ing within the 76sqm site. We came up with a scheme that ex­tends to all bound­aries – a chal­lenge in it­self for coun­cil ap­proval – and rises six lev­els, in­clud­ing a base­ment lounge, ground-level garage, and roof-top terrace. How would you de­scribe the com­pleted in­te­rior? It was driven by a need to max­imise space. SLAB Architecture, run by Jesse’s wife Seada, de­vised an in­te­rior scheme that mar­ries the ex­te­rior ma­te­ri­als with steel and raw con­crete, soft­ened by nat­u­ral fin­ishes. Adapt­able spa­ces, clever stor­age, and in­built join­ery were all es­sen­tial. What are some of your favourite de­sign el­e­ments? Were there any de­vices used to max­imise the sense of space? The ex­te­rior is co­cooned in pressed and per­fo­rated metal cladding, cre­at­ing a jew­ellery box-like form. Op­er­a­ble screens open to the street, so the build­ing changes in appearance as well as adapts to in­te­rior needs. The kitchen and liv­ing ar­eas have mul­ti­func­tional el­e­ments such as a mov­able tim­ber slab on the ta­ble which acts as a chop­ping block and ex­tended bench but, when re­moved, in­creases the din­ing ca­pac­ity. What in­formed the se­lec­tion of fur­ni­ture, art, fit­tings and fin­ishes? We worked with Hub to select key pieces. Due to the lofty ceil­ings and full-height glaz­ing, the spa­ces feel open and gen­er­ous even when fur­nished. Were the own­ers happy with the ex­e­cu­tion? With the own­ers also act­ing as ar­chi­tects, they are thrilled, and we plan more col­lab­o­ra­tions in fu­ture. mi­lieuprop­erty. com.au; dko.com.au; slabar­chi­tec­ture.com

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