Queen Street House
by Edwards Moore


Steps built into the kitchen counter lead up to a suspended staircase in this Melbourne house by Australian architects Edwards Moore.

Queen Street House by Edwards Moore

The open-plan living area on the ground floor is dominated by the angular red kitchen island.

Queen Street House by Edwards Moore

Five steps in one side of it link up with the staircase, which hangs down from the first floor and is encased in yellow walls.

Queen Street House by Edwards Moore

Upstairs, extensive storage is provided by a corridor of wooden wardrobes painted yellow and black.

Queen Street House by Edwards Moore

The master bedroom and ensuite bathroom can be screened off with a sliding door.

Queen Street House by Edwards Moore

A bath made from eucalyptus wood provides an unusual focal point in the bedroom.

Queen Street House by Edwards Moore

A sink and shower room are concealed in the area behind the bath.

Queen Street House by Edwards Moore

Other Melbourne projects by Edwards Moore we've featured on Dezeen include an art studio in a car park and an apartment fitted with chipboard furniture.

Queen Street House by Edwards Moore

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Queen Street House by Edwards Moore

Photographs are by Fraser Marsden.

Queen Street House by Edwards Moore

Here's some more text from the architects:

The renovation of an existing suburban house into a new home for our most colourful clients to date. A playful and vibrant insertion of elements within the newly created open plan space creates a seamless connection between levels, and a gentle transition between the functions for living.

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The use of carefully sited geometries created the path of travel and necessary separations without the need for doors or corridors. Each element is made from a striking material and colour palette, intended to support the development of the occupants' ongoing stylistic expression.

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Downstairs, the new open plan living area is defined by the oversized Marblo island bench and suspended staircase.

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Upstairs, the wardrobes create a generous entrance to the master bedroom, the black satin stained blackbutt wood lining contrasting with the vivid yellow lining of the stairs, which seamlessly wraps up the wall to become the enclosure for the wardrobe.

Queen Street House by Edwards Moore

Once in the master bedroom the custom made blackbutt wood bath becomes the focus of the room around which the en-suite is arranged. Various levels of privacy ensure the space remains expansive yet modest.

  • Grapes

    Love the kitchen finish

    A little concerned with hygiene as people walking on top of the kitchen counter could lead to upset tummies.

    Maybe I should live a little?

    • amsam

      Live a little.

      • ryan

        Liver little.

  • Don

    LOL I thought of the same thing ans possibility of catching fire when something’s cooking in the same time and you’re in a robe or something. And also when somebody’s cooking the way to stairs is blocked.

    But it still looks cool.

    • futurecapetown

      Don, if you look a little closer you'll see you actually cook on the other side of the counter.

      • Don

        Oh yes now I see. Then it’s no problem.

  • boo

    Love the use of materials and colours, but — knowing human interaction with stationary furniture — that really pointy corner on the kitchen island will (guaranteed) produce multiple bruises on the residents and guests in this house!

  • K.D.

    I'm amazed that counter/stair was approved by client or anyone else. Dangerous and dirty. Doesn't even look good. Otherwise, nice place!

  • Spectator

    The house is really unique. The use of colours and materials is very interesting. Looks great! I am not very keen on stair cooker hood combination though. Maybe client doesn’t cook at all? I would prefer having a cooker hood in the other corner of the kitchen. Otherwise a really great piece of architecture.

  • http://www.zazous.co.uk Kate Austin

    I love the materials in the bathroom. The black stained wood with the eye popping green/yellow and the oak bath look amazing!

  • http://tony-fromhere.blogspot.fr Tony Harding

    Oh, oh, oh ! When so much care is taken over the whole what an incredibly clumsy intrusion is made by the ‘pipe’. Unsympathetic material and form. What a shame.

  • wei

    “Mum what’s for dinner tonight?”

    “Your dad tripped on the stair and landed on the stove.”

  • Adrian

    I dont know about you but I love walking on my kitchen bench… each to their own!

  • http://www.trendoffice.blogspot.com trendoffice

    I like the color and the material of the counter – does anyone know what is it?

  • http://twitter.com/Dezeen @Dezeen

    Hi trendoffice –

    The counter is made from Marblo, which is a 'polymer-based hybrid Solid Surface material invented in 1979', according to the company website. They're based in Australia.

    Hope that helps!


  • chris

    I love this. I need a stairway to the loft that contains kitchen storage (including a fridge) in my tiny South Yarra house.

  • gabrielle

    The hood is great, who is the designer?