Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Holroyd Court, as an existing interwar duplex on a sloping site, was the challenging foundation of this home by Foomann Architects.
The two units which made up this duplex home in Melbourne, had a complex floor plan, which spanned over three levels; including a detached basement.
The interior was adapted primarily through the demolition of dividing the walls and floors, and the basement garage was connected through a new staircase and repurposed as a kid’s play area.
Foomann Architects maintained the solidity of the original building, which was respected through the curved details and materials designed to emphasis mass throughout each space.
A new central void above the entry creates drama and provides a visual clarity to the arrangements of spaces.
Although this project was challenging; due to the sloping site, the building’s steep elevation does provide excellent views. However, the existing layout of the home created a disconnection with the outdoors.
A key gesture to resolving this issue, was to bury the old garage doors behind a grassy hill to connect the main living space to the garden and swimming pool.
The result is a brilliant entertainer, where young kids and pets can run wild.