What started as a brief for a simple cosmetic upgrade and a shedding of furniture grew to incorporate new joinery, kitchen, powder room, study and children's bedroom
Inspired by the existing industrial Skyrange steel doors, the architects installed fixed screens and versatile glass-panelled barn-style sliding doors to pique visual interest between spaces and enable the clients to partition areas at whim.
"The idea for this home was to create a series of rooms-within-rooms," says design director Paul Hecker. "In turn, this gave the client an opportunity to close up spaces, create more intimate zones, and enjoy the changing sight lines that result.
Light curtains cover internaldoorways and extended to the roof, underlining the grand scale of the house and giving the illusion of even more height to the ceiling.
"The breakfast bar is an example of how the rooms-within-rooms scenario allowed us to layer the kitchen", says Paul, who sectioned off the south end of the kitchen with a glazed window screen, facilitating a multipurpose breakfast bar by day and cocktail bar by night.
For the sunworshipping Greek and Brasilian homeowners, maximising the outdoor space was a priority, so the resort-like garden has been outfitted with Paola Lenti tables and chairs for lounging.
Overlooking this is the new third-level rooftop deck complete with ceramic stools, linen armchair, wet bar, olive trees and 360-degree view over the city.
A converted Carlton pub needed a fresh injection of light and a tailored design to suit the young family of five’s inner city lifestyle. Hecker Guthrie have created zones that flow into each other seamlessly with white washed timber floorboards and glazed screening for privacy as well as a visual connection to open the spaces for larger family gatherings.