Tivoli Road

Tivoli Road

Tivoli Road

Project details –


Marven Construction





Willem-Dirk du Toit

Karin Bochnik


Located in inner Melbourne, the extension of Tivoli Road is designed to embrace the high-density context while providing a calm internal environment.

Happily for Jo Foong, this project meant revisiting a renovation she was involved in during her time at BE Architecture, prior to founding Foomann. The home was already beautiful, with the client’s brief primarily involving additional space. The design by Foomann was respectful of the existing building fabric and proceeded with the blessing of the previous architect.

The family includes three children and the key motivation for the project was to provide flexibility as they grow older. The new lounge features a pool table and built-in seating with storage for board games; it was designed as a space for kids or adults to occupy and entertain. Being elevated and outward-looking, it offers something distinct from the existing family room which embraces the private courtyard. The parent’s suite means the kids’ bedrooms now occupy a distinct zone of the house; a scenario that will suit the family for many years to come.


Foomannimation by Isobel Knowles

The new space above the garage features a pool table and built-in seats with integrated storage. Wooden screens provide privacy and shade.


Parent’s Suite
The new bedroom, robe, and ensuite are accessed via a deep threshold that pronounces the move through into a retreat.

Joinery Details
The robe features an interpretation of traditional panelled doors with the stiles acting as integrated handles

Embracing the client’s enthusiasm for herringbone floors; the bathroom tiles continue the pattern through

A window aligned with the valley of the original roof takes in the urban context while maintaining privacy


Layers and Levels
Responding to the sloped site, the rooms and landscaping elements of the home occupy different levels

The skyscrapers and historic cobbled laneway reflect the layers of history found in inner Melbourne

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