A Clare Cousins Apartment In An Iconic Melbourne CBD Building

We 1st highlighted Dan Honey and Paul Fuog’s beautifully understated and exceptionally purposeful apartment in 2013, when they’d been living in it for just in excess of a calendar year. Now, nine years on, the pair and their daughter have determined the time is correct to place their beloved, compact abode on the market place in order to locate a dwelling that has a ‘bit far more separation.’

‘We appreciate the feeling of connectedness the apartment presents,’ says Dan. ‘Living proper in the middle of the city suggests we by no means sense isolated residing in this article.’

Locals will very likely know the legendary facade of this Flinders Lane apartment making acknowledged as Bible Residence, created in 1898 in the course of the city’s heyday, by architect and metropolis planner Frank Stapely. In 1911 the creating was ordered by the British and Foreign Bible Culture to be used to distribute bibles from the shopfronts, that’s why the name, and in 1994 the developing was converted into the 17 household apartments nonetheless standing currently. 

Although the building nonetheless resembles its 1898 originals externally, internally, the apartments have been considerably upgraded to fit contemporary-working day town dwelling. Dan and Paul engaged renowned architect Clare Cousins to enable them with their redesign, which included totally gutting the inside to make way for a a lot more contemporary, negligible and flexible space. 

The new bedroom, for occasion, is a ‘bed platform’ enclosed in uncomplicated joinery and a lot of in-built storage that separates it from their daughter’s bedroom. A few colourful, sliding screens permit this place to develop into part of the residing space when open up, and a thoroughly personal bedroom when closed. 

‘Before the renovation the just one bed room was a terrible dimension, with only 50cm on both aspect of the bed,’ claims Paul. ‘It was just significant sufficient to make a mess in, but not major sufficient to definitely get pleasure from. Both of those bedrooms are like little hideaways now, serving no other purpose than relaxing and a put to snooze.’

They also prolonged the kitchen area, overhauled the rest room, had the floorboards sanded and the walls painted a crisp white. ‘The material palette was held neutral and warm during,’ clarifies Dan. ‘It established fluidity and spaciousness.’ 

Soaring 3.8 metre ceilings and substantial, operable arched windows alongside the northern partitions present the best perception of house. 

Paul suggests, ‘Having all the windows open up with the summer months breeze coming by means of is fairly special, and not what you count on to expertise living right in the city.’ 

Apart from the early Friday morning tram excursions to Vic Market place to select up make for the week forward, and the capability to dwell and get everywhere you go without the need of a automobile, what the pair will overlook most about their iconic condominium is dwelling in the heart of the hustle and bustle of the town.

‘Melbourne is a beautiful town, and it has been a delight being immersed in the grand architecture on a everyday foundation,’ claims Dan. ‘It’s usually uplifting.’

301/241 Flinders Lane is stated with Sam Fenna at Belle Property and will go to auction on Saturday Oct 22 at 1:00pm.

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