Named after its sunny corner block, True North is a home for TANDEM founder and director Tim Hill and his family. This iconic and highly awarded project has become a local landmark due to its distinctive curved form and its appearance on season 6 of Grand Designs Australia.

Project Name: True North
Studio Name:
Tandem Design Studio
Project size: 182 m2
Project Budget: $750000
Completion date: 2016
Building levels: 2
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Photography: John Gollings

True North by Tandem Design Studio - Sheet1
Aerial View ©John Gollings

The sinuous, curved form of the main house transcends the angular constraints of the relatively small, inner urban triangular site. At the rear of the site, a circa 1880s stables was adaptively reused to create a 1 bedroom townhouse.

At ground level, the main dwelling contains a sunken lounge, kitchen, dining and double-height atrium within a single volume that provides views into a series of pocket gardens.

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Kitchen ©John Gollings

Bathed in light and incorporating recycled brick and timber finishes, the curved interior warmly embraces its occupants.

Upstairs three pods, accessed by stair and bridge, hover above the living space below., They contain bedrooms and bathrooms, providing private interior space.

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Bedroom ©John Gollings

The exterior features a pleated facade with a lightness reminiscent of a folded cloth. It is punctuated by rusted steel hoods, whose deep reveals create private windows.

From the angular site to the many challenges of constructing a curved form, this is a project characteristic of a studio with a knack for developing beautiful and functional solutions to tricky design problems.


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