Biasol brings Parisian chic to Casa Atrio, a Melbourne family home

Photography by Derek Swalwell, courtesy of Biasol.

Australian studio Biasol has taken inspiration from a Parisian apartment in its renovation of a family home in Melbourne.

Casa Atrio, located in a protected heritage area of the Carlton suburb, is a narrow Italianate style terrace featuring decorative parapets and ornate cast-iron lacework.

“The style was unique to Melbourne when the city was fuelled by the prosperity and optimism of the gold rush late nineteenth-century," explained Jean-Pierre Biasol, founder of the studio.

The property's exterior has been renovated to showcase its original features, while the inside has been given a European twist, with French-style panelling and wide glass doors opening out to a small courtyard.

"Casa Atrio pays tribute to the classical beauty of Italian architecture and romance of French design,“ said Jean-Pierre Biasol.

To overcome the constraint of working in a long and narrow site, the design team used skylights and glazed panels to bring light into every room of the house.

A plant-filled atrium takes centre stage on the ground floor and allows for views along the full length of the open-plan space.

Furnishings throughout the home also give a nod to the European style, with velvet, brass and marble fixtures all adding a sense of opulence.

Calming tones of blue, green and dusky pink are set against dark chevron wooden floors and white-painted walls.

In the bathrooms natural stone and black-metal detailing provide a crisp, clean finish, echoing the black frame of the atrium on the ground floor.

The studio created a bespoke marble countertop for the kitchen and built cupboards to frame the appliances both to maximise storage and to give the feel of a furniture piece rather than built-in joinery.