When you think of barn-style home in a relaxed beachside suburb, it’s unlikely you would imagine one that is as elegant, refined and considered as this one created by Melbourne-based interior design firm, Sisalla, and boutique builder, Mode Projects.
Located in the Mornington Peninsula’s pretty seaside suburb of Mount Martha, 90 minutes south of Melbourne, the house unexpectedly consists of a red brick barn and a blackened timber barn which come together in perfect harmony making for an engaging yet relaxed beachside home.
The project brief was lead by Bruce Charlton of Mode Projects, who was inspired by his affection (read: obsession) for the ‘barn’ shape architecture. He wanted the house to reflect the laid-back beach location and have a rustic feel. The team created two barns: a black timber barn for the kitchen-meets-living area and a recycled brick barn for the master bedroom, en-suite and garage. A connecting structure between the two barn-shaped constructions contains the remaining spaces and the entry.
The Sisalla team worked to ensure that the interiors answered the beachside brief, however, they were sure not to create a predictable Hamptons-style home. Instead, they referenced the Scandinavian barn which is known best for its blackened wood exterior and they brought that idea to the inside of the home. The interiors used recycled materials such as recycled red brick and recycled timber trusses, while maintaining a new and modern aesthetic.
This beachside Scandinavian style interior was achieved with the help of some of DOMO’s contemporary-meets-classic designs including Ligne Roset’s iconic Togo Settee, Duvivier’s Centquatre Sofa and Sika Design’s Lucas Dining Table, to name just a few.
Pictured: Sika Design’s Lucas Dining Table.
The interiors were created for an unknown client, as the property was purchased just prior to completion. “We used a ‘client avatar’ to design for an unknown future family which would be purchasing the house and we imagined a client that is making the move from the city, to Mt Martha for a sea change and to slow down,” explains the Sisalla team. “They could have two young primary school children and often walk to the beach after school.” Imagining this, the interiors were designed to be fresh and contemporary with an element of practicality to stand up to family life.
The result? The perfectly unique family home.
Photography: Tess Kelly
Builder: Mode Projects
Building sesigner: Sabrosa Designs
Interior design and styling: Sisalla Interior Design