Inside Troye Sivan’s Melbourne Home
Where does a 25-year-old singer, songwriter, actor, and general heartthrob like Troye Sivan go to relax?
Surely, there is more than one answer to that simple question. But, a response that Sivan would agree to, without a second thought, would be his beautiful Melbourne home.
Luckily, the Australian actor invited Architectural Digest into the almost-historical residence, and that is one window you have to take a peek into. (Not implying invasion of property! That is still a crime.)
A Hundred And Fifty-two Year History
The Sivan residence was originally built in 1869 as a handball court and converted into a brick factory in 1950. Twenty years later, renowned Australian architect John Mockridge took up the project of restoring the structure into an actual residence.
The project, the first of its kind in the city, was reportedly a staple of the local art-and-design scene. That is a spirit Sivan humbly respects.
You can picture Mockridge and his friends sitting around drinking whiskey and talking about art. I wanted to preserve that bohemian spirit and honor the original architecture while creating something that feels like me.
When the songster purchased the property, he teamed up with David Flack of Flack Studios, a local establishment, to give the house a makeover.
However, no major structural modifications were made during the process, which was of significant concern to both Sivan and Flack.
In doing so, the kitchen and baths were transformed almost wholly, and a decent amount of thought went into redesigning the fenestration.
The overall aesthetic of the residence oscillated from industrial to organic seamlessly.
Inspired From The World
Aesthetically, however, the house draws inspiration from Sivan’s travels across the world.
The first layer to the home added after its obviously intriguing history was the Japanese idea of “wabi-sabi,” meaning perfectly imperfect.
Hence, the result was leaving the original cork ceiling as it was to preserve what AD calls “the soul of a home.”
On top of that, the singer’s time in Los Angeles prior to the whole world shutting down had a fair say in his aesthetic preferences.
The interiors also take inspiration from places scattered across Europe.
All that being said, Sivan repeatedly insisted that the essence of the house was “unquestionably Australian, from the plantings in the garden to the art on the walls.”
The Three-Storied Floor-plan
The overall floor-plan for the ground floor of the three-storied bungalow is pretty open.
The entrance opens up to a comfy living space blanketed in soft lights, thanks to the many lamps scattered across the floor and ceiling.
Central to the living area is a beautiful log-style coffee table with two very comfortable couches on either side.
Behind the couch is a small dining area that comes before the large bifold doors that make the kitchen and the garden even more intimate.
Right at the junction of the indoor and the outdoor is a vintage-looking reading chair. The kitchen can only be described as a lot of wood panels with integrated appliances.
On the other side of the house is a landing area that overlooks the living space and kitchen. This is also where Sivan sits down to work.
On the first floor is a bedroom lined with Venetian plaster, a cork ceiling, and two paintings on either side of the bed.
Sharing a similar aesthetic appeal is his sister Sage’s bedroom that overlooks the garden downstairs.
Last but certainly not least, the spiral staircase beside the work desk leads up to a single room on the second floor - Sivan’s bedroom.
The room is an extremely cozy-looking nook with windows on either side, letting in plenty of sunlight and a pleasant breeze.
The floor is wrapped in a soft crimson carpet. The only piece of furniture that stands out in the room is the white furry chair, which might as well be a cloud.