The Melbourne suburb of Elwood has come a long way from the swampland that the first European settlers found, and the development has continued until the present day when it’s now one of the city’s most exclusive bayside areas. Recent gentrification has sought to celebrate the area’s fine Victorian, Edwardian and inter-war architecture, and Biasol Design Studio went to great lengths to preserve original features including the façade and internal brickwork at this bar and kitchen on Ormond Road.
Named after the 17th Century man of letters John, The Milton underwent some structural strengthening which allowed Biasol to strip back the interior walls. At the other extreme, new build was added in the shape of a modern extension to the rear with Victoria Ash panelling that lets in light through gaps in the ceiling and bridges the divide between outside and in. A balance between old and new, rustic and luxurious has been struck throughout The Milton; reclaimed Australian timber and the exposed brick sit comfortably alongside Carrara marble tabletops and bespoke tiling.