Unit for Arwen is a budget-conscious renovation of a small unit that explores delicate dichotomies between humble materials. Effective planning, subtle geometries and tightly crafted details create spaces to dwell and reconnect.
Geometry and light are tools used to craft and enrich the compact ground floor space. In the kitchen we used a golden-section ellipse both above and below the counter, providing an elegant ending to the countertop that also accommodates a seating nook. As the sun’s angle changes throughout the day, abstract curved shadows emerge and evolve, encouraging a moment to pause and ponder.
Within the small space, considered zoning and material selections create flexible, overlapping spaces. The living area enjoys a view of the full footprint, and with kitchen appliances out of sight, focus is drawn to the garden. A ‘timber core’ includes a built-in dining bench that becomes an almost sculptural element creating blurred transitions between zones. The long kitchen counter provides an expansive work area, and with plasterboard as a backdrop, it doubles as an extension of the living and dining areas. The project is inherently about breathing new life into existing housing stock, and focusing on small, cost-effective changes that together have significant and lasting impact.
Photography by Shannon McGrath
Model Photography by Nicholas Wilkins
Weaver + Co is an emerging Melbourne-based architecture practice, founded by Martyn Weaver in 2018 with the aim of creating built environments shaped by light and natural rhythms; spaces that celebrate our everyday habits and emotions; architecture that deeply engages with the environment, people and how they connect. The practice provides architectural and interior design services, from design through to construction, with a focus on residential projects.
Our approach is open and collaborative, bringing together budget, brief, process and people. Our designs are characterised by the use of geometry, colour and proportion to solve problems. We often design with light and shadow to create more meaningful connections with the natural environment. The more poetic elements of design are combined with a focus on sustainability and energy performance through Martyn’s accreditation as a Certified Passive House Designer.