Architecture and Interior Design

Corhampton Road Residence

Balwyn North, VIC, Australia

James Lyall Smith

Project Type
  • Residential
  • Balwyn North, VIC, Australia
Interior Designers
  • 165m2
Project Year
  • 2016
  • Sayher Heffernan
Project Team
  • Wilson Tang
  • Elodie Lim
Structural Engineer
Building Surveyor
  • Lorenzini Group
  • Hub Furniture
  • Copper Industrial Design
  • ECC
  • Classic Ceramics
  • Balwyn North, VIC, Australia

Small gesture big impact embodies Sonelo Architects design intent for the interior renovation of this double storey multi-generation family home in a leafy eastern suburb of Melbourne.

Stringent budget and the client’s firm intention to retain location of existing fixtures in their bid to manage cost blowout, dictated Sonelo‘s architectural interventions. Every design decision was contemplated.

The layout of the existing house was cavernous and visibly made-shift. It needed more than just a make-over of glossy finishes, fixtures, and fittings. Re purposing of some spaces was essential to create a holistic family home that caters for the clients’ daily life and ritual.

The revamped entry heightens the arrival experience. Dwellers and visitors are greeted by a new pair of neat timber batten front doors, leading you into a double height entry lobby. An integrated new storage seat-cum-stair balustrade wall frames the hallway and celebrates their ritual of removing, wearing, and stowing away shoes upon entering or leaving home.

Further into the house, the new kitchen and bespoke dining table extend into the double storey high living room, uniting the elements as one orchestrated flow. The open plan configuration creates an inclusive environment suitable for family gatherings or entertaining guests. Blessed with southerly soft natural light and serene attribute, the existing formal dining room is re purposed as the family tea room, a perfect hide-away from the rest of the house.

The new home created by Sonelo Architects is tranquil and purposefully simple in its form and materiality, a neutral space for multi-generation family to co-exist.


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