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A courtyard house gets a modernized update in Melbourne

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A mid-twentieth century courtyard house has been completely transformed by architects Kennedy Nolan, located in the city of Bayside, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. The existing structure offers an inspiring departure point for a design that references late modernist houses of California. The goal was to take advantage of the transparency through the house and site through a central courtyard. Drawing on the connection between interior and exterior spaces, the home’s inhabitants can enjoy a relaxing and more intimate living experience provided by the privacy that the enclosed courtyard provides. There is a sense of tranquility and refuge created through a neutral color scheme running through the interiors. The floor plan offers complete flexibility of space provided by expansive sliding glass doors that opens the living spaces to the courtyard. A minimalist aesthetic is created through the extensive use of American Oak as a surface material, which was incorporated to add warmth, while travertine is used on the flooring for texture.

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A central courtyard affords the home privacy and offers additional living space when sliding panels of glass open to the outside. Natural light spills through the home offering the home’s inhabitants the option to not have to use artificial light during the day. A strong connection to nature was the goal to the design of this remodel, which seems to have been well achieved.

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What We Love: Hints of yellow and gold can be seen throughout the neutral color scheme, offering a playful vibe to this cool mid-century family home. The strong connection with nature through an central courtyard and the warmth from wood surfaces makes this a very inviting home. What do you think, do you find this home appealing? Let us know what your thoughts are in the comments section.

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We have featured many mid-century homes here on 1 Kindesign, so if you are looking for more visually stimulating ideas, have a look at this Glamorous Hollywood Regency Style Residence in Sydney or this mega-popular feature article, Mid-century modern beach house retreat on Pender Island.

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Photos: Courtesy of Kennedy Nolan

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