Harold Street by Coy Yiontis

  • Harold Street by Coy Yiontis

    Local architecture firm Coy Yiontis choreograph a show of light and materiality in this Melbourne home by the bay.

    Coy Yiontis were tasked with reinvigorating an existing home in Bayside Melbourne to suit the changing circumstances of the family that lives there. The dynamic three-storey rendition takes in city and bay views, owing to a skyward extension and reconfiguration of the original building. Now, the grown-up family can enjoy greater flexibility and autonomy in the presence of rich and evolving materials and finishes.

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    The main living space features the Minotti Blazer sofa, Flynn armchair, Dibbets Barcode rug and Flirt side table. Also pictured: the SP01 Etoile coffee table.

    For Coy Yiontis, first impressions matter – one look at Harold Street’s exterior can tell you that. The dark structure makes itself known within the streetscape. The home’s elevation and exposure mean that, despite the small site, it maximises views of the city in the north and the bay to the south. Further, it manages to befriend its coastal setting with solid aluminium rain screen cladding (known for its salt-resistant properties). This material consciousness is carried into the interiors, where mechanically retractable metal screens filter dappled light in and out.

    Coy Yiontis bring a level of “sophisticated glamour” to the interiors, with a distinct overtone of drama. In the client’s words, the home is “an entertainer’s dream”; “brave, confident choices of forms and materials create theatre and mood, while choreographed natural light offers a unique feeling in every room”. The materials move with the natural hierarchy of spaces; in the bedrooms is where they are most exaggerated, resulting in sumptuous, highly-personalised experiences. Recurrent materials include spotted gum cladding, New York white marble, Nero Marquina black marble, grey limestone, stained dark oak and black metal. Coy Yiontis director Rosa Coy attests the home is “a calm retreat yet, when desired, an entertainer’s folly”.

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    The Moooi Heracleum II suspension lamp hangs above the dining table and Maruni Hiroshima armchairs.

    Sustainability also matters to Coy Yiontis – a deep dive into Harold Street’s environment-centric features can tell you that. The decision to retain and work within the existing building meant a more significant emphasis on sustainability, guiding the team towards progressive, eco-friendly outcomes, such as sustainable energy, durable materials, integrated water management, climate resilience, indoor environment quality and solar control.

    Harold Street’s cultivated interior, robust exterior and sustainable initiatives make for the perfect new home for a mature-aged family. 

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    The Muuto Fiber armchair in the discrete study.

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    The textural second living space features a royal blue B&B Italia Tufty-Time sofa.

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    Outdoor furniture from HAY (Palissade collection).

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    Solid aluminium rain screen cladding protects the home against coastal conditions.

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