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Project / Completed 2021

Palmette by SUM

/ By SUM

The Space

Encased in GoodWood Victorian ash and American Oak, Palmette is quite literally a timber cocoon within a Victorian terrace.


“The brief was to create a home with a series of spaces which despite the small site area would feel generous and expansive. In contrast to the typical architectural brief to maximise the number of bedrooms, the emphasis was instead placed on creating fewer, larger spaces.”

Wrapped in a plethora of timbers, Palmette gives a new life to an inner-city Melbourne terrace through a refurbishment and addition designed for a young family. With an emphasis on creating fewer, larger spaces, the home features a series of distinct but interconnected rooms with varying light and material qualities to suit the different functions of each area. The surrounding landscape is a focal point of the design with each space opening towards the outdoors wherever possible for a connection between the house and garden.

To bring this space to life the client commissioned SUM, a Melbourne based architectural and interior design studio specialising in bespoke residential and hospitality design. The brief involved creating ‘a home with a series of spaces which, despite the small site area would feel generous and expansive’ and the team at SUM did just that.

The minimal palette of materials is dominated by timber. The windows and doors, structural framing, staircase and benchtops are made using GoodWood Victorian ash paired with American Oak wall and ceiling linings chosen for their tonal similarities.

GoodWood is ASH’s brand of Victorian ash that ensures consistency of quality and colour across several applications. Our range of profiles in the one timber makes specifying easy for architects and designers who are looking to match timbers throughout an entire project. Learn more about GoodWood Victorian ash here.

To achieve a similar appearance, explore our American Oak by ASH range. Handpicked to exceed Australian manufacturing requirements, American Oak by ASH features a beautiful crown cut grain, no grade surprises and pairs harmoniously with our GoodWood Victorian ash.


“[GoodWood] Victorian ash has been used throughout, from the exposed beams which support the upper level, to the windows and doors, stairs, joinery, and furniture which was designed specifically for the project. Victorian ash was chosen as it is readily available, locally harvested and has a beautiful, pale grain colour”

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