South Yarra House by Pop Architecture & Beatrix Rowe

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    Pop Architecture and Beatrix Rowe Interior Design introduce a unique, materially-rich extension to an Edwardian-era house in Melbourne’s inner south.

    Pop Architecture collaborated with Beatrix Rowe on the extension and renovation of this South Yarra Edwardian home. Together they’ve turned over a new leaf by introducing natural light and exploring tectonics and movement through the material selection. Pop Architecture directors Katherine Sainsbery and Justine Brennan’s vision aligned with their client’s brief of ‘light and flow throughout’ with clever fenestration that honours the existing building’s restored features and surrounding natural context.

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    The Muuto Nerd Bar Stool and Signorino stone in the kitchen.

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    Sandhurst Stone concrete brick is the red thread from the new extension exterior into the kitchen, creating textural contrast with the terrazzo and timber.

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    The living space features an Invicta Alcor indoor Oblica fireplace complimented by a Robert Owen sculpture. Robert Owens explores the interplay between two-dimensional and three-dimensional with geometries on flat planes and modelled shapes. The living space also features the Agent 86 sofa by grazia&co, Halcyon Lake rug and HAY Bowler side table.

    While less than 200-square-metres, the home has a sense of spatial generosity. Across the heritage home and new extension lies three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas and outdoor entertainment spaces. The extension is concealed behind the traditional facade, with a roof terrace designed to extend the home’s rear footprint.

    Pop Architecture and Beatrix Rowe have unified the older Edwardian features and contemporary design through contrasting and curvy elements, celebrated through materiality. The material selection considers everyday use, aesthetics, texture and detail while centring around the idea of contrast, openness and flow. The most prominent example is the ivory sculptural brick form that slices through the glazed northern façade. Designed to be both functional and striking, the ivory brick wall features an integrated outdoor pizza oven and wood stack storage. Internally, it features in the kitchen and encases the exhaust, air conditioning and laundry storage.

    Following the brick feature wall towards the roof-top terrace, the form acts as a balustrade, continuing that relationship between internal and external living. The bricks’ curves and texture are playful and encourage the sculptural feature to hold a sense of agency, grounding the site.

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    The dining space features the Gofi Lines and Dots light pendant by Barcelona design studio Goula Figuera.

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    With an emphasis on quality materials, the terrazzo flooring in both the kitchen and bathroom juxtapose with finer detailing seen in the timber cabinetry and aged iron tapware. The curved theme continues through the joinery detail in the bedrooms and bathrooms and the furniture and fittings such as the Agent 86 sofa by grazia&co. According to Pop Architecture, the homeowners have expressed delight at how the house changes in character over the day, noting that “nothing remains static as light moves over the curved forms and textured material”.

    The South Yarra House demonstrates a passion for materiality and expression of form. Pop Architecture have successfully shown the outcome of good collaboration, designing alongside Beatrix Rowe to deliver a creative response to the homeowner’s brief. The fresh and functional home has seen the convergence of restored Edwardian charm with layers of contemporary design, creating meaningful contrast between tectonic elements and more delicate detailing.

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    Hallway lighting by Gineico Lighting.

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    Rooftop features the Coco Flip Sequence Table.

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