Fallow House by Pop Architecture

  • Melbourne-based design studio Pop Architecture express their passion for exploring materials and bespoke detailing in the Fallow House.

    This contemporary home, nestled in Melbourne’s south, creates a sense of seclusion and perspective through two different structures connected by a glass passageway. Pop Architecture’s directors Katherine Sainsbery and Justine Brennan collaborated closely with interior designer Karyne Murphy and landscape designer Amanda Oliver to design a home that would be both comfortable for those that live there and equipped for entertaining. With a brief that called for a contemporary aesthetic, access to light and ventilation, the design team have effortlessly articulated all three behind an intriguing facade.

    The kitchen features a concealed butlers pantry and modern appliances from Sub Zero and Wolf. Soft grey Caesarstone on the benchtop and splashback alongside white upper cabinets reflect light, contrasting the joinery’s dark hues.

    Fallow house was built to accommodate plenty of guests and, as a result, features generous shared spaces. The floor plan’s split design creates a divide between uses. The first volume is the home’s entertaining space, featuring the kitchen, dining room and living areas. Beyond, the main bedroom is located on the ground floor, with guest rooms above. The transitional hallway is an immersive experience, with floor-to-ceiling glass that opens to a private courtyard on either side.

    Floor-to-ceiling windows and a minimalist, monochrome palette allow the home to ‘breathe’. As seen in the steel frame doorways, fixtures and fittings, black accents contrast the home’s muted grey tones. Likewise, the prominent use of stone and timber add depth and texture, allowing each space to connect seamlessly. For example, custom dark-stained timber flooring is used throughout the lower level, reinforcing warmth in the entertaining areas.

    The foyer and passageway feature a custom made ‘Link’ Daybed and artwork by Clement Meadmore.

    “The facade is made up of a series of different forms to reduce the scale of the building within the streetscape and create multi-aspect rooms.”


    – Katherine Sainsbery

    Amanda Oliver Gardens’ landscape design creates different green vistas for each space in the home.

    The exterior, textural and geometric, is loosely inspired by 1980s tiled roofs. Pop Architecture director Katherine Sainsbery says they were also influenced by the works of photographer Bill Henson and his interpretation of suburban landscapes. “We were interested in doing something similar here – a reinterpretation of the local context using fluted stone and interconnected forms,”  Katherine says, “to enhance the effect of light hitting the façade, catch light in unexpected places and scale the building appropriately to the street.”

    Behind this cleverly scaled facade lies a distinct take on how a home can directly cater to the intricacies of the owner’s lifestyle and, at the same time, present a case for geometric and material exploration.

    The primary ensuite features the Brodware City Stik wall set and Lariana bath designed by Patricia Urquiola.

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