Arc Side by Jolson Architecture and Interiors

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    Marked by a celebration of form and function, this holistically re-imagined Melbourne Bayside home by Jolson Architecture and Interiors captures a new era of bold, sculptural geometry and refined luxury.

    Alongside his Melbourne-based studio architect, Stephen Jolson of Jolson Architecture and Interiors is widely regarded for his dedication to delivering timelessness through detail, clarity, simplicity and execution. All attributes visible within Arc Side, the project was initially designed for the current owners as two, self-contained apartments; revitalised by Jolson Architecture and Interiors as one three-level home.

    Originally designed in 2001 by Cox Carmichael, the existing structure has undergone a complete contemporary overhaul. Arc Side is inspired by the simple, sweeping curves and an inverted arch featured in Cox Carmichael’s original concrete façade; widely referenced throughout in this now transformed single residence.

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    The living space features a pair of classic, yet contemporary Kalos Armchair by Antonio Citterio for Maxalto and the Alfred Sofas by Roberto Lazzeroni for Flexform.

    A reconfigured floorplan across the three-level property required structural changes. Fundamental to establishing a dialogue between each space and the home’s context, changes in the entry included relocating the lift to allow for vertical circulation in the form of a central, sculptural staircase. The removal of internal walls and floors allowed for this ease of flow and connection between each space.

    The double-height front door now opens to a foyer with a generous living and study to the right. Private spaces are contained within the first floor, with the exception of the master bedroom suite on the middle floor. The communal zones including the living, dining and kitchen spaces are all located on the top floor in order to maximise on both light and the ocean views. Zoning each level allows for both privacy and flexibility between family and guests with the help of concealed sliding doors. At the top of the stairs on the third floor, a landing intersects the formal living and dining space and offers expansive ocean views to the right and a large terrace extension with city views to the left.

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    The dining space features the Alceo dining table for Maxalto and Cassina 367 Hola chairs by Hannes Wettstein.

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    The burnished brass Tele Lights designed by Massimo Castagna for Henge Lighting punctuate the ceiling and accentuate the curation of art within this space.

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    The entrance features the Henge Network credenza and Bolle table lamp by Gallotti & Radice.

    The spine of this home is the steel, ribboned staircase which forges connectivity across all three levels. Uniquely irregular and dynamic in its shape, each wall exhibits a slight curve which creates a sense of the staircase pushing out past its remit and building a ripple effect. This not only informs the remaining surfaces of the home but reiterates the façade’s inverted arch form.

    Radiating into surrounding walls and ceilings, the staircase is referenced across other architectural details too. A recessed skylight positioned above the staircase features soft, rolled edges which delivers a poetically diffused light from above. This cavity forms a conduit of natural light which is carried down through the core of the home, creating a defining feature around which the building flows. Other reference points include the circular, pivoting porthole constructed of bronze and stone which swivels to reveal the expansive bay views from the shower recess.

    A restrained and detailed material palette elevate this home and ensure timelessness. A curated selection includes stone, steel, accents of brass joinery and American oak timber for floors throughout. The relationship between the reflective surfaces and curves throughout each space generate a beautiful, light-filled balance of tactility while recurring leathered marbles and the considered placement of lighting all evoke feelings of comfort, refinement and an element of the handcrafted.

    A deceptively simple approach from Jolson Architecture and Interiors has ensured Arc Side’s design stays true to both the clients brief, existing built form and relationship with its bayside locality. A narration of contemporary classicism, Arc Side’s remastered architecture offers a poetic play on geometry, volume and light without forsaking functionality. Providing a juxtaposition between the existing and newly articulated design, Arc Side is an ode to the architectural curve.

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