Burbank's Attenborough

An eloquent expression of respect for the environment, the Attenborough is Burbank’s second double-storey home to have a 7-star energy-efficiency rating – one of seven Future Collection homes which are designed at two stars above the current industry standard. Compared with the average 2.5-star Melbourne home, the Attenborough 3500’s annual utility bill is around $1200 less. This impressive saving is achieved through environmentally clever, passive solar design strategies and inclusions such as double-glazed windows throughout, gas-boosted solar hot water, a rainwater tank and low-energy fluorescent lighting – all standard features of Burbank’s award-winning Future Collection of Homes. The Australian Contemporary look of the Arlington facade on display at Arena Estate at Officer blends in beautifully with the rural-urban streetscape, thanks to the use of natural elements. Timber window frames and cladding are balanced by earth-toned tiles on the cantilevered balcony.

The spacious feeling in the entrance hall is enhanced by the use of a raked painted ceiling under the staircase. The combination of stained, timber treads, white risers and a glass balustrade in a stainless-steel frame makes the staircase a feature in its own right. The sizable study, located near the entrance, has its own powder room, making it ideal as a home office or possibly a guest bedroom. The void above the entrance and central family/meals area enables natural light to flood the entire entertaining space. And, with more than 30 double-glazed windows in the home, interior designer Jacqui Mallia says the extra light has further benefits from a decorating perspective. “The grand, open spaces in this design, together with the abundance of light, allowed me to use a darker, richer colour palette,” she explains. “The black, bronze and gold finishes complement the more expansive, natural earthy tones of the walls and floors.” The central-kitchen has direct access to the optional dining area and alfresco floor-plan add-on. Optional upgrades such as the walk-in pantry and long island bench with chrome fixtures and appliances add a little extra pleasure to any culinary task at hand. The area is illuminated by a corner window and the ‘Wild West’ glass splashback adds warmth to the space. As well as a spacious master bedroom with a cleverly concealed walk-in robe, the upstairs sleeping wing also includes a large rumpus area and fully equipped bathroom. The bathroom and ensuite reflect the linear feel of the facade, and the visual effect of the grey-black tiles gives these areas a striking, luxurious appeal.

How did you decide on a scheme for the Attenborough 3500?
Deciding on the scheme for a home is the most exciting part of the process. The floor plan and façade set the initial direction for the feel and look of the home. I was also inspired by the sleek, slimline finish of the cabinetry and was keen to follow through with this theme throughout the home.

The deep colours and textures of some of your finishes are quite striking in their immediate surroundings. How did you make this choice work?
This is a large home with grand, open spaces and great sources of light which allowed me to use darker, richer colours and metallics. The wallpaper panelling, such as that used in the meals area, helped to soften the room’s exposure to the tiles.

How did you highlight specific features in the home?
Features such as the staircase and the timber bi-fold doors surrounding the alfresco should stand on their own. By taking a minimalist approach, a clear focal point is accomplished. This home has over 30 windows requiring treatments which I kept quite simple, allowing the overall beauty of this home’s design to present itself.

The Attenborough 3500 is located on Arena Parade at Arena Estate, Officer (Melway Ref 215 B5) and the display village is open from 12 noon to 5pm, Monday to Friday or 11am to 5pm on weekends.

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