The owners of this South Yarra Townhouse built in 1990s had come to dislike its visually busy interiors and instead wanted a minimalist home where they wouldn’t see the operations of domestic family life. They asked Winter Architecture to renovate it.
The house features a black façade and simple, white-painted living spaces. The studio set about creating a more pared-back layout and material palette. The house is now a dwelling where functions stand-alone, materials are restrained, details are simple and the volumes afforded are celebrated.
The home’s dark exterior was designed to serve as an obvious antithesis to its new bright interiors. Black paint has been applied across the front and rear elevations, and all of the windows have been refitted with black window frames. A black-frame balustrade has also been set in front of the home’s first-floor balcony.
Expansive panes of glass have been added to the front of the living room to allow for uncompromised views of the pond and landscaped garden, which has been finished with black-painted brick walls and trellis panels. Windows are carefully framing the garden, sky and water so that, even on a wet, dark day, you still feel light inside. Clean white surfaces continue upstairs to the first floor of the home. Textural interest has been created in the bathrooms, where exposed-aggregate grey tiles line the shower cubicles and bathtubs. Hardware like the towels rails and taps are made from gold-hued brass.
The studio partially extended the master bedroom into the hallway to allow room for a walk-in-wardrobe. Remaining space in the hallway has been made to accommodate a small study, which features a timber desk extending from the wall.