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Bona Vista by Studio Prineas


Sydney-based Studio Prineas was founded in 2004 by Eva-Marie Prineas. Her background and passion for heritage conservation and sustainable design forms the basis of the Studio Prineas philosophy of understanding and adapting places that are already special. Nestled in Sydney’s quiet inner-west, Bona Vista reinterprets the characterful features of its Federation frontage, forging a warm domestic setting exemplary of the idyllic Australian ‘forever home’, and effortlessly capturing the true essence of place-making for wellbeing and family life.

Applying a holistic gaze, Studio Prineas developed a considered vision for every aspect of the project including architecture, planning, custom joinery, furniture and styling. In line with heritage guidelines, the council was highly prescriptive of the building envelope, forms and materials of the new addition. The architecture embraces the hip roof profile while introducing an unconventional internal ceiling line; a surprising and memorable volume articulated by partially obscured skylights filtering natural light.

Internally, the original rooms are left intact, while circulation paths are reconfigured to increase connectivity and accessibility. Studio Prineas have drawn a level change that once separated house and garden into the interior, forging a distinction between the old and new architecture, and connecting the new addition to the landscape. The design team were inspired by the home’s existing terrazzo thresholds and vitrified tiles to the fireplace, driving a tactile and layered material sensibility. Red stack bond brick forms a robust datum that grounds the open living spaces, complemented by the considered pairing of warm natural stone with Tasmanian oak and rattan joinery.

Thoughtful details pay homage to the identity and grain of the original house. Subtle transitions in flooring combine brick, terrazzo, parquetry and traditional timber boards, giving depth to the articulation of space. Custom joinery, including a broad banquette lounge in the living area, creates purpose and composure. Dual-toned curtains playfully align with the ornate sills of the original windows, while lighting gives scale and focus.

Studio Prineas’ belief in place-making and wellbeing is materialised in Bona Vista, where the delight of open space, natural light and connection to the landscape is celebrated. Truly a ‘forever home’ for its young family, the design creates comfort and familiarity, nurturing the lives and pursuits of its occupants.

Styling by Anna Delprat / Photography by Chris Warnes

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