SLD Residence in Toorak Melbourne by Davidov Partners Architects | Yellowtrace

SLD Residence in Toorak Melbourne by Davidov Partners Architects | Yellowtrace

Sld Residence In Toorak Melbourne By Davidov Partners Architects | Yellowtrace

SLD Residence in Toorak Melbourne by Davidov Partners Architects | Yellowtrace

SLD Residence in Toorak Melbourne by Davidov Partners Architects | Yellowtrace

 

Located on a busy inner-Melbourne street, the SLD Residence gives little of itself away to passersby. Designed by locally based firm Davidov Partners, the stark monolithic façade disguises an interior abundant in natural light, yet sheltered in both a visual and acoustic sense from the prominent tree-lined boulevard.

The surrounding streetscape is comprised of an eclectic mix of bold mid-century architecture and more traditional structures, including Leslie Perrott’s iconic 1964 design Troon, located diagonally opposite the house. Similar to Troon, SLD Residence presents as a sheer wall to the street, intercepted only by a solitary concrete column and a peek of full-length windows on the recessed lower level.

Further maximizing privacy, the entrance is located on the side of the house and features an external light shaft that reflects natural light into the double height foyer, whilst screening views from the neighbouring house. Another basement entry features a glazed cellar which leads into the home.

The 17.5m width of the block led Davidov to circulate the structure of the house around two primary rooms on the ground floor, one living and one entertaining. Each is fitted with functional built elements that negate the need for much excess furniture. Two corridors connect the living and entertaining, and dining and kitchen areas respectively; creating a circular flow that allows the house to feel compact while providing separation between spaces.

 

See other projects from Davidov Partners Architects on Yellowtrace here.

 

SLD Residence in Toorak Melbourne by Davidov Partners Architects | Yellowtrace

SLD Residence in Toorak Melbourne by Davidov Partners Architects | Yellowtrace

SLD Residence in Toorak Melbourne by Davidov Partners Architects | Yellowtrace

SLD Residence in Toorak Melbourne by Davidov Partners Architects | Yellowtrace

Sld Residence In Toorak Melbourne By Davidov Partners Architects | Yellowtrace

 

Davidov creates flow between the internal and external spaces by using the same materials across each, allowing the natural patina to reflect the passing of time. Honed granite floors are echoed in the landscaping and driveway ramp, and the natural cement render used for the external facades is evoked internally with coarsely applied Venetian plaster.

Swaths of marble add an opulent edge to an otherwise clean, minimal material palette, most notably the black marble that borders the second storey landing. Smoked European oak floorboards used for panelling and to line key internal doors bring warmth and detail to the dominant cool-toned surfaces. Complementing a vintage 70’s table setting, an oak-lined room divider both conceals a TV for the lounge room, and functions as a black backdrop for the dining space.

With both a northern and southern aspect, the master bedroom occupies the front section of the first floor. Conceived to feel like a hotel suite, the layout is free flowing between the ensuite, dressing room, and bedroom. A central curved capsule behaves as an anchor for the bed and contains the WC and shower, complete with a circular skylight.

 

 


[Images courtesy of Davidov Partners Architects. Photography by Veeral Patel.]

 

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