Bona Vista, a heritage home nestled in Sydney’s quiet inner-west reinterprets the characteristic features of its Federation frontage, forging a warm domestic setting for family life. Studio Prineas developed a considered vision for all aspects of the project encompassing architecture, planning, custom joinery, furniture and styling.
Guided by heritage regulations, the council was highly prescriptive of the building envelope, forms and materials of the new addition. The architecture embraces the hip roof profile, while introducing an unconventional internal ceiling line – a surprising and memorable volume articulated by partially obscured skylights filtering natural light.
While the original rooms inside have been left untouched, circulation paths were reconfigured to increase connectivity and accessibility. Studio Prineas drew a level change that once separated house and garden into the interior, forging a distinction between the old and new architecture, and connecting the new addition to the landscape.
Inspired by the home’s existing terrazzo thresholds and vitrified tiles to the fireplace, the design team adopted a tactile and layered material sensibility. Red stack bond brick forms a robust datum that grounds the open living spaces, complemented by the considered pairing of warm natural stone with Tasmanian Oak and rattan joinery.
Thoughtful details pay homage to the identity and grain of the original house. Subtle transitions in flooring combine brick, terrazzo, parquetry and traditional timber boards, giving depth to the articulation of space. Custom joinery, including a sunken banquette lounge in the living area, creates purpose and composure. Dual-toned curtains playfully align with the ornate sills of the original windows, while lighting gives scale and focus.
Studio Prineas’ belief in placemaking and wellbeing is materialised in Bona Vista, where the delight of open space, natural light and connection to the landscape is celebrated. Truly a ‘forever home’ for its young family, the design creates comfort and familiarity, nurturing the lives and pursuits of its occupants.
Bona Vista by Studio Prineas: Photo Credit - Chris Warnes | Styling - Anna Delprat