Created and Sold by Foomann

Interior Design by Foomann seen at Private Residence, St Kilda East - Holroyd
Image credit: Willem-Dirk du Toit @willem_dirk


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An existing interwar duplex in Melbourne’s St Kilda East on a sloping site was the foundation of this challenging conversion project. The two units had complex floor plans over three levels, including a detached basement. The interior was adapted primarily through the demolition of dividing walls and floors. The basement garage was connected through a new staircase and repurposed as the kids’ play area. The solidity of the original building was respected through curved details and materials designed to emphasize mass. A new central void above the entry creates drama and provides visual clarity to the arrangement of spaces. The building’s steep elevation provided excellent views but created a disconnection with the outdoors. A key gesture was burying the old garage doors behind a grassy hill to connect the main living space to the garden and swimming pool. The result is a home that’s open and connected; an entertainer where young kids and pets can run wild. The central stair and void is the main connecting element. The bench spans across the two building halves.

Builder: Quadro Constructions
Photos: Willem-Dirk du Toit
Stylist: Esme Parker

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Jo Foong and Jamie Sormann established Foomann in 2008. Our architecture practice is devoted to the realisation of beautifully simple, sensitive spaces. Located in the centre of Melbourne; we have projects across Victoria in residential, interior, hospitality, retail and multi-res fields with varied budgets. Utility, context and sustainability underpin our approach. We encourage collaboration and embrace ideas from aligned clients, building professionals and craftspeople. We immerse ourselves in every project and work towards inspired outcomes that elevate the experience of everyday life.