Whilst modern in its design, the South Yarra Residence is still very much of its neighbourhood. Built on a vacant block of land this compact house utilises every square metre. The ability to drive onto the property breaks down the boundary of the street and front yard intertwining into one. The strong materiality of the exterior is counterbalanced by a lush, mossy driveway and façade to seamlessly blend in with the typically heritage streetscape.
▼South Yarra住宅外观，exterior view of the South Yarra Residence
The Architecture of the home utilises a minimal palette taking direct cues from Modern Australian Architecture. Despite its modernist outward appearance, this home is light, bright and relaxed. The floorplan ensures good cross ventilation, every room has a strong connection to the outdoors with landscaping softening any hard edges. Large open floor plans are broken down with light filled courtyards which connect the spaces whilst allowing a sense of intimacy. The atrium was designed to be the heart of the home where natural light pours through the structural glass elements into each of the living spaces. Large internal sliding doors, floor-to-ceiling glazing and cantilevered balconies are used to effortlessly connect occupants with each other and with their surroundings.
▼光线穿过玻璃照亮内部居住空间，natural light pours through the structural glass elements into each of the living spaces
The choice of a refined colour palette reflects the family’s desire to achieve a clean and pared back elegance that is echoed throughout their home. The fireplace offers a sense of grandeur and acts as a sculptural gesture upon arrival. Furnishings and objects were curated to align with the architectural direction, resulting in a space bearing lightness while also displaying the personality of its owners.The client was the builder and engaged Hecker Guthrie to realise his vision. His input and knowledge of the family’s requirements allowed an easier approach to the fundamentals of the built works and any problem solving required throughout the project.
▼住宅入口处雕塑般的壁炉，fireplace offers a sense of grandeur and acts as a sculptural gesture upon arrival
▼精致色调呈现一个干净、优雅住宅，the choice of a refined colour palette reflects the desire to achieve a clean and elegance house
Making the kitchen the heart of the home was the key focus. The kitchen and dining area needed to have generous space for large family gatherings and ample storage for the crockery and cutlery the owners had collected over time. For Hecker Guthrie, the kitchen became about respecting the architecture, but also highlighting the contemporary style of the owners. Each area throughout the home tied together the spaces without clearly defined edges, allowing the family to use it in a changing environment to meet their needs. All materials are meticulously married and detailed to seamlessly connect exterior and interior spaces, to create an organic flow, enhance the perception of space while keeping the intimacy of each room.
▼厨房是住宅设计的中心，可以举办家庭宴会，kitchen is the heart of the home and have generous space for large family gatherings
▼厨房与餐厅拥有足够的存储空间，kitchen and dinning area have ample storage for the crockery and cutlery
▼住宅二层楼梯及走廊，stairs and corridors of the second floor
▼工作学习空间，work and study corner
▼卧室入口-空间之间没有明确分隔，bedroom entrance-spaces without clearly defined edges
▼卧室通过悬挑阳台、落地窗与外部空间建立联系，bedroom builds the connection with outdoors by floor-to-ceiling glazing and cantilevered balconies
PROJECT NAME: South Yarra Residence
PROJECT TYPE: Residential
CLIENT DETAILS: Dusko & Melanie Lekic
PROJECT ADDRESS: 31 Nicholson Street South Yarra VICTORIA
SITE：236 sqm site & 280 sqm house
COMPLETION DATE: February 2018 – new build
PROJECT TEAM: Director – Paul Hecker, Director – Hamish, Guthrie Designer – Josh Watt
EXTERNAL CONSULTANTS TO NOTE: Architect – Lead by Hecker Guthrie, Builder – Dusko Lekic, Furniture – Owners. Halcyon Lake Rugs and Meizai objects