Just when we thought we had seen it all, we stumble across the Barcom Terrace by Arent & Pyke. Once a nine-unit boarding house, now home to a young family in one of Sydney’s most sought after suburbs. And let us say, mammoth is an understatement when trying to find the word to describe this project. Monumental in proportion, scale and gusto, the Barcom Terrace has reaffirmed our love for classic-to-contemporary interior transformations.
The studio’s first task was to redefine the spatial arrangements to ensure the spaces flowed and seamlessly connected with one another. Essentially, the house was divided into two distinct volumes: the traditional front area of the home and a more industrial and modern zone at the back. This meant the rooms were now clearly defined and there was a coherent dialogue between the classic period details and the homes newly introduced modern character.
It was a no brainer for Arent & Pyke that majority of the home’s historical elements would remain. Arent & Pyke explains, “Key to our decision making was a determination to retain and enhance what we love about the house, while changing up the scale of the spaces and introducing materials and details that would feel relevant to the young family who are going to live and grow and make memories here”. This is evident when entering the hub of the home, the kitchen. Lofty and industrial in character, the overhead exposed beams add an architectural and modern element to the space. An abundance of natural light coming through the skylight windows softens the dark cabinetry and black steel framed doors.
The home isn’t defined by a particular period of time. The materials and furniture used throughout the spaces offer a playful and ageless aesthetic. Through a refined and textured palette, a heightened sense of nostalgia is apparent in every room. The master suite in particular captures this grandeur. The combination of the rich timber floors, tiles, black tapware and the sculptural freestanding bath redefines and mimics the sophisticated yet lively tone of the entire home.
This once Grande Dame of heritage architecture has been completely transformed into a modern, fresh and inviting home that meets the needs of its residents. Paying nod to its 1800’s roots, the Barcom Terrace is a perfect example of how charming heritage and modern design can seamlessly intertwine to create a home most only dream of.
“As the construction progressed we also took advantage of a significant room under the house to create the cellar, bar and a casual lounge, including the pool table”
– Arent & Pyke