The jury unanimously agreed that Troye Sivan House was the star of the category. He displays a strong sense of client character through beautiful curation of art, furniture, lighting, and objects in a way that doesn’t feel forced or contrived. In terms of scale, it’s very appealing because it accomplishes so much in such a small space. The designer respected the building and celebrated John Mockridge’s original architecture, elevating it to a whole new level. One juror commented on the seamless execution and the feeling that you can actually live in it, while another noted that the project has a wonderful spirit that is extremely endearing and uplifting.
A three-level Melbourne house, originally a 19th-century hardball court set in a mews square reminiscent of residential London and transformed by architect John Mockridge in 1970 into Australia’s first converted warehouse, has regained its spirit bohemian by honoring the original architecture.
The client wanted a space that would act as a humble sanctuary for his LA-based double life. Flack Studio responded to this with a complete overhaul of the floor plan to focus on function and comfort. The design team wanted a space that felt fair with the client’s age but would age gracefully with them for the next 50+ years. The kitchen and bathrooms have been completely restructured by moving the powder room out of the kitchen and the laundry room out of the main bathroom, doubling the size of the kitchen and the two bathrooms. Heritage architectural elements have been retained to form a unique relationship with vintage and bespoke furnishings. Raw and honest finishes allow for harmony with playful art curation.
Built on the lands of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung peoples of the Eastern Kulin nation.
design practice —Studio Flack
group project —David Flack
The Home Decoration Award supported by wolf below zero. The Australian Interior Design Awards are presented by the Design Institute of Australia and Artichoke magazine. For more images of this project, see the Australian Interior Design Awards Gallery.