St Vincents Place by Coy Yiontis

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    Local interior and architecture practice Coy Yiontis reinvent a previous project located in one of Melbourne’s most sought-after heritage precincts.

    With the rare opportunity to revive a past project at hand, Coy Yiontis knew it wouldn’t strike twice – particularly in St Vincents Place. Situated in one of Melbourne’s most architecturally-significant streets, the 2010 build replaced a run-down 1930s Art Deco development that stood before. Through close collaboration with the homeowner, Coy Yiontis have transformed this decade-old home into the minimalist abode it set out to be.

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    The existing floorplan was predominantly maintained, centred around the north-facing courtyard that was intended to be the design focal point of the home. After revisiting the initial drawings with the client, the opportunity to reinstate features from the first design arose and were still deemed possible. Custom light shafts now recreate the original intent of the home; providing dramatic, atmospheric light that emphasises the striking marble-clad interiors.

    Coy Yiontis director George Yiontis says that due to budgetary constraints in the first project, fixtures such as tapware needed to be replaced. “This was our opportunity to finish it off the way we were meant to,” George says. The kitchen, overlooking the Japanese-inspired courtyard, comprises of subtle contrast through dark European oak joinery and a grey marble benchtop. Minimalist fixtures and fittings including the brushed chrome tapware have been introduced, granting the kitchen materials the opportunity to take centre stage. 

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    “We were dealing with the huge responsibility of adding to a piece of culture. It was a one off – as heritage restrictions are so prohibitive to new builds in this area, we realised that it is unlikely that we’d ever get the chance to do another new house in St Vincents place again.” 


    – George Yiontis, director of Coy Yiontis

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    Grey marble floor tiles form the base of the interiors. The bathroom showcases these tiles from floor to ceiling, incorporating integrated sinks, while maintaining the relationship between the indoor and outdoor colour palette. The restrained colour palette, similar in tone to the exterior, allows the landscape design to shine from the inside of the house. The outdoor area is now an entertaining space for the client, with a revamp to the pool and the luxury addition of a spa.  

    What began as the client engaging the architects to simply enlarge the garage developed into an extensive renovation. As one of their most unique projects to date, due to the uncommon circumstances of a second chance, Coy Yiontis have stayed true to their commitment to high-quality execution. They’ve designed a home steeped in sophistication, rightfully earning its position in St Vincents Place.

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