A traditional Victorian home in Middle Park, the Canterbury Road Residence was an opportunity to rethink a series of custom details to suit the context of the original house and the clients’ strong appreciation for decorative elements from that era. It is an expression of the clients who it was built for through a collaborative design process. Their open-mindedness and willingness to take a leap of faith where drawings could not tell the whole story were a real asset to the project.
The entrance to the home is through a formal entry door to maintain the look of the restored façade. The doorway’s surround was fitted with colourful agate leadlight as an alternative to the irreplaceable stained glass windows that would typically adorn a Victorian entrance. B.E Architecture has developed the agate windows as an application of a singular material relying on the natural qualities of the stone to imbue the ornate, artistic qualities appropriate to period homes. The colours and patterns in the layouts are individually selected for the homes and clients they are used, and no two are the same, with characteristics more like an art installation.