Brighton House

Brighton, Melbourne, Australia
Adam Kane Architects
Timothy Kaye

An advocate of refined minimalist architecture, Adam Kane Architects (AKA) has a distinctive yet restrained design language that consistently features muted tonalities, warm materiality, and simple geometries that harmoniously highlight the beauty of a space. Adam Kane has been a key player in Australia’s unrelenting design scene, creating a much sought-after residential aesthetic that combats today's visual noise, and this is evident in his architecture of Brighton House, located in Melbourne.

The Brighton House project sees the transformation and expansion of an existing Edwardian residence into an open and light-filled contemporary dwelling that looks to amplify connections with the building's surrounding landscape. According to AKA, a holistic approach to the design of architecture, interiors, and furniture will achieve the best result—otherwise it could be disjointed between differing agendas. So you won't find any unnecessary ornamentation in this house. The architects continue:

Balancing the old with the new, the design utilises a series of linear approaches to reinforce a sense of clarity and calm throughout. With wide and full-scale glazing ensuring uninterrupted views, the connection to vistas beyond are optimised, while still retaining a respectful sense of privacy. Deliberately wide corridors then ensure an ease of movement and flow, further fuelling a sense of opulence and luxury.

The grand design also sees a generously sized clean concrete garage tucked away from view, creating discreet access from underneath the home. Although the aesthetics of Brighton House are restrained, the home also holds a degree of extravagance with the inclusion of a custom-built cellar, gym, and golf simulation room.

Throughout the livings areas, minimal and serene sensibilities take hold. Polished plaster adorns both walls and ceilings, capturing and reflecting light as it moves through the spaces throughout the day, while a light concrete flooring with white accents flows effortlessly between spaces, extending to the outside. The undeniable focal point of the interior, however, is the spiral staircase that connects the levels and sits at the transitional point between old and new, marked by a subtle line.

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