A Family Home That Mirrors Nature – The Design Files

Jane and Lloyd Fenn and their children Lillian, 11, Audrey, 10, and Eddie, 6, moved from Melbourne to the Mornington Peninsula with the hopes of better connecting to nature – something they’ve achieved in the design of their home. 

The house has been designed to mirror the bushland on their Red Hill block, including its naturally sloping topography and many gum trees. 

In their brief to builders and designers InForm, who worked on this project in collaboration with Pleysier Perkins architects, Jane and Lloyd were keen to create a home that would encourage exploration and engagement with the land. 

‘A conventional double-storey house was not the right approach, as this would have disconnected the spaces from direct engagement with the land and the bulk of the house would have impacted views of the surrounding tree line,’ explains Ross Berger, architect at Pleysier Perkins. ‘Instead, the house was designed as

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A New Life For A Legacy Robin Boyd Home

This incredible home designed by Australia’s most influential design legend looks as though it’s buried somewhere in the Daintree, or at the very least, nestled in one of Melbourne’s leafy outer suburbs. But no. The Richardson House – designed by Robin Boyd in 1955 – is located in the inner-city neighbourhood of Toorak. Surprise!

Nowadays, many Robin Boyd homes are protected by heritage overlays, and alterations to these homes must be vetted by The Boyd Foundation. But before these protections came into play, this innovative Toorak residence underwent a series of interventions over the years, under different owners. The most significant of these was a 1982 renovation by architect Peter Crone.

Though Boyd’s original design contained just a single, rhombus-shaped pavilion immersed in the unusually wild suburban block, Crone’s renovation saw the interiors partitioned in a closed-plan layout, and an entirely new residence added to the block. This separate structure

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