Studio Four channels hygge inside Melbourne family home - architecture and design

Studio Four channels hygge inside Melbourne family home

Dark surfaces and an array of warm materials helped Studio Four create a cosy series of rooms behind the black facade of this Melbourne family home.
Central Park Road Residence is situated in the suburb of Malvern and has been designed to appear as "the definition of hygge" ? a Danish term used to describe feelings of cosiness, comfort and general contentment.

Melbourne-based Studio Four decided to reference the concept after finding out that the home's owners, a couple with three young children, have Danish roots.
"Before this project began, our understanding of hygge was quite limited and perhaps cliché," the studio's co-director, Annabelle Berryman, told Dezeen.

"During the design process, our understanding of hygge was deepened and informed by our clients. We were taught that it was not necessarily an aesthetic, but it was a feeling that was generated by context and at its core was a celebration of warmth, happiness and togetherness," she continued. "The spirit of hygge is really about being inspired to make quality time for friends and family, but also being motivated to be by yourself and possess a certain slowness and the ability to just be present."

To begin, the studio painted the property's original brown-brick facade a shade of charcoal black to give the home a greater sense of depth and shadow.
"Our aim was always for the architecture to bleed inside to inform the interiors ? it is difficult to remember if there wa...

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