casa atrio in melbourne by biasol derives from european style design

casa atrio in melbourne by biasol derives from european style design

design studio biasol was engaged to create a light, spacious and inviting home for a young melburnian family in australia who enjoy the inner-city lifestyle and have a strong appreciation for history, architecture and design. located in a heritage overlay area, ‘casa atrio’ sits amongst a long row of picturesque italianate-style terraces with decorative parapets and ornate cast-iron lacework. biasol restored the exterior to bring out the bygone beauty of the italianate façade and designed the interior with timeless french charm.

casa atrio in melbourne by biasol follows the laws of european design designboom



the home is architecturally conceived in three sections to provide light and life throughout the day. voids and skylights bring light into the house, overcoming the constraints of the long and narrow site, and open-plan living spaces connect with the outdoors to provide spaces for the family to interact and entertain. the hallway and master bedroom receive morning light and engage with the street. a plant-filled, glass-enclosed atrium opens up the center of the house and allows for views between the kitchen and staircase to the children’s bedrooms upstairs. a large skylight bathes the lounge in sunlight and floor-to-ceiling glass doors connect the living space to the landscaped courtyard where a gabled roof protects the porch.



the material palette and detailing are warm and timeless. parisian-style wall paneling creates depth in the narrow space, visually elongating the hallway and bringing dimension to the walls. chevron timber floors add some french allure, and sheer curtains gently diffuse light and softly move in the breeze. the bathrooms elegantly blend chevron patterning and natural stone, and brass and black-metal detailing provide a crisp, clean finish. biasol custom designed interior elements as freestanding pieces, true to european style.



the kitchen has the sense of being a furniture piece rather than built-in joinery, with cupboards framing the benchtop and appliances, the rangehood integrated into the bench to maximize storage and seamless surfaces. customized furniture also enhances the sophistication of casa atrio, including the nine-seater dining table with chamfer detailing, biasol’s tondo mirror resting against the paneled walls, and the velvet-finished bedhead with complementary side tables in the master bedroom. casa atrio is a light, spacious and inviting home for enjoying and celebrating the cherished moments of family life. filled with charm and elegance, it pays tribute to the classical beauty of italian architecture and the delightful romance of french design.



casa atrio in melbourne by biasol follows the laws of european design designboom





casa atrio in melbourne by biasol follows the laws of european design designboom


project info:


architects: biasol studio

location: melbourne, australia

photography: derek swalwell


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