Marcus Martin House

  • Type Residential
  • Client Private
  • Location Melbourne
  • Description The raw and the refined
  • Collaborators Peter Cole
  • Construction 2013
  • Photography Ella Deague
  • Design Allan Powell Pty Ltd
  • Architect Allan Powell & Ed Glenn

Architect Marcus Martin was renowned for early injections of modernism in the major domestic commissions he completed around Melbourne from the 1920s to the 1950s.

Martin was also known for working with master craftspeople to collaborate with him on projects, creating extravagant bespoke touches on each project.

Nearly a century later, a new light-filled wing, that extends to the rear boundary, is added with a kitchen that becomes the new epicentre of the house. Handmade elements by master sculptor Peter Cole, continue the tradition of craftsmanship in the house.

Garden spaces, seen from the new interior, bring the outside in.

The extension is expansive enough for modern life yet does not overwhelm or erase the original architecture.

The formal staircase, principal rooms and beautifully engineered curved glass dining room windows are preserved whilst tiny original servants entrances, rooms and service areas are updated.

Textured rendered walls juxtapose with engineered sheets of glass, the raw and the refined. The old and the new.