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JARtB House in Melbourne, Australia by Kavellaris Urban Design (KUD)

The Melbourne-based architecture firm Kavellaris Urban Design (KUD) has recently completed ''JARtB House'' a single-family home that is located in Toorak, Melbourne, Australia.

Project description by architect:

JARtB House reconnects the abandoned notion that Art and Architecture are s e p a r a t e techne. Part House and part Art Gallery. The synthesis of the two typologies are redefined into a singular expression. A new hybrid is institutionalised.

Art is used to connect, inform and program space instead of program containing it. Art is not defined as ‘in’ or ‘on’ the building,the building is the artefact.
Architecture and Art cannot separated!

JARtB House in Melbourne, Australia by Kavellaris Urban Design (KUD)image © Peter Bennetts

Art moves beyond cultural expression and becomes architectural syntax. Ornamentation becomes more than architectural decoration, more than Venturi’s Decorated Shed or Duck. JARtB House becomes the Alchemy of the ‘Decorated Duck’ expressed in an urban Neo Baroque paradigm. 

modern house in Melbourne with artistic wallimage © Peter Bennetts

Tension, juxtaposition and opposition are a central narrative throughout the proposal which mediates and respond to the site’s eclectic contextual character, Collective individuality is celebrated and exploited.

colorful artistic house image © Peter Bennetts

circular entrance of the house image © Peter Bennetts

JARtB House’s intervention into its context becomes a social and cultural act! It is public art masquerading as a building in a residential setting. The building is a conversation aggregated into a confluence of interstitial moments, materials light, technology and space. The theatre of visual poetry is the discourse.

black metallic entrance door and skylight over the corridor image © Peter Bennetts

The house shifts from contrived reason and the aesthetic assembly of material into one of feeling and experience incorporating visual and experiential culture that evokes the sensors. A controlled chaos of interlocking geometric forms sculpt the facade to cultivate theatrical drama.

spiral steel with black metal material image © Peter Bennetts

spiral staircase design image © Peter Bennetts

The floating external polychromatic glass façade penetrates through the concrete plinth to the spaces below. Outside in now Inside the façade is redefined and internalized, Internal and external spaces are experienced simultaneously. External facades become internal translucent frescos.

A two-way façade typology emerges, Non spaces of circulation are redefined into a delineated linear programmatic ‘strip’. The ‘strip’ is anointed in pure white (the language of the ‘art gallery’) traversing the entire length of the site envelope

The art gallery is born, Art becomes the crucible for phenomenological experience. Double height spaces, interlocking volumes and visual links are connected and narrated through Art. Art informs architecture and program. Art becomes an architectural element. Art now has utility.

JARtB House becomes liveable art.

the circular hole in the ceiling let the sunlight enters the house image © Peter Bennetts

glass dining table with glass chairs image © Peter Bennetts

colored pendant lamps hanged over dining table image © Peter Bennetts

red an duello metalic sculpture of animals image © Peter Bennetts

dining table and chairs made of glass image © Peter Bennetts

glass chairs with glass table at dining area image © Peter Bennetts

skylight in the ceiling let the sunlight enters the corridor image © Peter Bennetts

stool bars at kitchen image © Peter Bennetts

modern kitchen design image © Peter Bennetts

kitchen with a glass door image © Peter Bennetts

modern kictehn design with big cabinets image © Peter Bennetts

love chair with puffy fabric table image © Peter Bennetts

circular skylight in the ceiling image © Peter Bennetts

house with circular windows image © Peter Bennetts

master bedroom with black wardrobes image © Peter Bennetts

modern black wardrobe and armchair image © Peter Bennetts

modern bedroom design image © Peter Bennetts

circular bathroom window image © Peter Bennetts

bathtub design image © Peter Bennetts

bathroom with marble walls image © Peter Bennetts

luxury bathroom with black ceramic walls image © Peter Bennetts

house with pool at backyard image © Peter Bennetts

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Architecture firm: Kavellaris Urban Design

Location: Toorak, MelbourneAustralia

Built area: 460 m²

Photography: Peter Bennetts

Project name: JARtB House

Principal architect: Billy Kavellaris

Design team: Billy Kavellaris

Interior design: Billy Kavellaris

Design year: 2017

Completion year: 2019

Site area: 555 m²

Landscape: Kavellaris Urban Design

Civil engineer: Oniell Group

Structural engineer: Oniell Group

Lighting: Billy Kavellaris

Construction: Kavellaris Urban Design

Client: Billy and Rosalba Kavellaris

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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