It all started with paperwork.
Matiya Marovich, director at Sans-Arc Studio, remembers that this routine chore was how he first met the young couple who live in this whimsical property. One half of the pair was a planner at the Adelaide city council at the time, and she had assisted in getting some of the firm’s hospitality projects approved. Eventually, she asked if he ever did residential work, to which Matiya said yes. That was fortuitous, because what she and her partner had in mind for their Torrensville, South Australia, home was much more exciting than signing and stamping documents.
“The couple had owned the house for almost 10 years,” he says. “It was a worker’s cottage with a typical lean-to extension.”
Their original place was bland and overshadowed, with a kitchen that looked like the inside of a forgotten closet and a lifeless patio that commanded much of their humid outdoor space. Its 860 square feet had to stay pretty much as is, since they didn’t want to lose much of their backyard. So with all of this in mind, the couple asked if Matiya could see their challenging address as a canvas for striking patterns and colors—without making it feel like a kids’ jungle gym, either.