Courtyard House by Robson Rak

Photography by Shannon McGrath

 

Architect and interior design firm Robson Rak, have recently completed the renovation of a 1980s home in Melbourne, Australia, for a client that loves Japanese architecture and rituals.

 

Courtyard House by Robson Rak

Photography by Shannon McGrath

At the entrance of the home, there’s a long joinery unit where people can remove their shoes, and place them in the drawers, like a contemporary getabako shelf (or shoe cupboard).

Courtyard House by Robson Rak

Photography by Shannon McGrath

Opposite the shelving unit is a small living room with a relaxing day bed.

Courtyard House by Robson Rak

Photography by Shannon McGrath

Next to the small living room is an inner courtyard. From the entryway, you can also see all the way through the ground floor of the home.

Courtyard House by Robson Rak

Photography by Shannon McGrath

The designers collaborated closely with a landscaper (Ed Purcey) to create a space of reflection and relaxation in the center courtyard.

Courtyard House by Robson Rak

Photography by Shannon McGrath

On the other side of the courtyard is the cellar. It has built-in leather banquette seating and a low window looking out to the courtyard so that the sun exposure on the stored wine is limited.

Courtyard House by Robson Rak

Photography by Shannon McGrath

Heading further into the home, you reach the kitchen.

Courtyard House by Robson Rak

Photography by Shannon McGrath

A large kitchen island provides plenty of space for food preparation.

Courtyard House by Robson Rak

Photography by Shannon McGrath

A small sideboard separates the kitchen cabinetry from the built-in seating of the dining table.

Courtyard House by Robson Rak

Photography by Shannon McGrath

Tufted banquette seating makes sure there is plenty of room for entertaining.

Courtyard House by Robson Rak

Photography by Shannon McGrath

At the end of the dining table there is another small courtyard.

Courtyard House by Robson Rak

Photography by Shannon McGrath

The dining area shares the courtyard and interior space with the second living area.

Courtyard House by Robson Rak

Photography by Shannon McGrath

Also on the ground floor, there’s a small powder room.

Courtyard House by Robson Rak

Photography by Shannon McGrath

On the first floor are the bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as a small home office.

Courtyard House by Robson Rak

Photography by Shannon McGrath

Here is a look at one of the bathrooms on the first floor.

Courtyard House by Robson Rak

Photography by Shannon McGrath

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