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Home Tour | Garden Lane Residence by Oliver Du Puy Architecture & Interiors

Daphine Terra Led
B&B Italia Camaleonda Sofa

The light-filled living room features the B&B Italia Camaleonda sofa by Mario Bellini, Lamp no. 0122 by Olivia Bossy, Daphine Terra Led floor lamp by Lumina Italia, and the sage green Halcyon Lake Mani rug.

Bordering the Botanic Gardens, Garden Lane Residence, designed by Sydney-based studio Oliver Du Puy Architecture & Interiors, harmoniously blends old and new to create a light-filled sanctuary.

The Victorian terrace was originally built for the foreman of Melbourne’s first department store, Mutual Store Ltd in 1889. As a heritage home, it was essential to “re-invigorate and celebrate many of the period details that had been covered up or removed”, principal French-Australian architect Oliver Du Puy says.

Transforming the dark and confined nature of the original heritage building by maximising space and natural light was integral to the brief. Building on this, Oliver Du Puy Architecture & Interiors have prioritised a soft, natural palette and sustainable materials to marry the old and new while instilling a “tranquil uncluttered energy” that’s rooted in wellness. 

Custom steel doors finished in Farrow & Ball Pigeon bring the outside in.

The Camaleonda sofa by B&B Italia from Space Furniture is a sculptural accent in the living room.

The concept of balance is present throughout Garden Lane Residence, as Oliver Du Puy strove to “create a sensitive counterbalance” of restful yet inviting spaces. While the intricate heritage detailing was maintained – Victorian-era cornices, ceiling roses, fireplaces and skirting boards – these details were carefully balanced with more quiet and contemporary design moments. 

“I wanted to explore and re-invigorate the potential beauty of the historic Victorian architecture and juxtapose it with contemporary ideas of space, light and material articulation,” Oliver affirms. 

Experimenting with space and proportion, Oliver drew inspiration from his time training in Tokyo, Japan, when designing this home. “I was particularly interested in exploring Japanese architect Kazuo Shinohara’s symmetrical spatial compositions, but at the same time finding the poetic quality that fuses simplicity and surprise, the ordered and the unexpected,” Oliver reflects. “This manifests through gentle colour, curves, expressed structure and heritage features,” he adds, inspiring the structural timber panelling on the ceiling that underpins the home’s warmth.

The kitchen features clean lines, natural stone and textured tiles. 

Oliver Du Puy Architecture & Interiors opted to create spaces that “feel like a sanctuary from the outside world,” achieved by bringing sustainability and wellness to the fore. The home features natural, breathable internal finishes, including Farrow & Ball limewash paint and custom waterproof béton ciré concrete in the bathrooms, highlighting their holistic approach to design. “Our philosophy is centred on eliminating the harmful toxins and substances prevalent in most new construction and providing healthier alternatives derived from nature,” Oliver says.

In the open-plan living area, steel frame windows and doors bring the outside in. Their careful placement and the refined combination of transparent and opaque glazing allow the interiors to embrace the courtyard space and welcome natural light. Lifting cues from Mark Rothko’s colour-blocked canvases, colour is emphasised throughout the home to cement an indoor-outdoor connection further. “Rothko’s work helped inform the colour field gradations throughout the home – spaces within spaces – greys-greens, mustards and pinks,” Oliver says. Farrow & Ball soft greens and greys are woven throughout the home in different strengths, blending with the surrounding landscape.

“We have a particular interest in the domestic rituals of living,” Oliver says. “Our spaces are a reprieve from the stresses of everyday life, where one can find balance, wellness and comfort”.

The antique wall light nods to the home’s Victorian-era heritage. 

Gubi Bohemian 72 Ottoman
Gubi Bohemian 72 Lounge Chair
HAY Matin Small Table Lamp

The Fenis 2051 chair designed by Carlo Mollino in the hallway. 

The main bedroom features textural pieces in organic hues, such as the Hay Matin table lamp, the Gubi Bohemian lounge chair and ottoman and the Gubi 9602 floor lamp

The bathroom features Farrow & Ball limewash paint and custom waterproof béton ciré concrete.

The courtyard is enclosed by repurposed red bricks from the original building.

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