Chris Bosse of LAVA sells Tivoli Terrace, Paddington trophy home

Chris Bosse of LAVA sells Tivoli Terrace, Paddington trophy home
Chris Bosse of LAVA sells Tivoli Terrace, Paddington trophy home

Architect Chris Bosse, the founder and Asia Pacific director of architecture firm Lava, has sold in Paddington.

It was an original terrace house bought in 2014.

Since its dramatic renovation, Tivoli Terrace, has become one of Sydney's most photographed design properties.

Louisa Jackson at the bespoke agency Langulin sold the home with plans that come with an attic conversion.

She had an initial a $2.3 million price guide.

Chris Bosse of LAVA sells Tivoli Terrace, Paddington trophy home

The terrace had been bought for $1,135,000 as a three bedroom home which had barely been updated from the 1970s.

There's been no price reveal for the 70 square metre Tivoli Street parcel where there is a surfboard shaped kitchen island.

Bosse converted the upstairs in to two good-sized bedrooms from the three small bedrooms.

"It feels light open and airy and contemporary, quite the opposite to a traditional terrace house," Bosse said.

Bosse designed the island and kitchen cloud light himself.

"I wanted to use furniture designed either by myself, by legends and by my peers," Bosse said.

He said there's a bit of time travelling going on in the furniture, from Victorian times to Danish modernism.

Chris Bosse of LAVA sells Tivoli Terrace, Paddington trophy home

"I chose lighting from Louis Poulsen to Karim Rashid and David Trubridge.

"Agents are always pushing for more bedrooms, so someone had built this third bedroom," Bosse recalled.

"I didn’t like how it took light away from the stairway and circulation space and saw an opportunity to create a second living room.

"We furnished it with Togo sofas in lime green and orange, designed in the 70s."

Bosse had the help of his partner, landscape architect Jennifer Kwok.

"Theres always yin and yang in every partnership.

"I was very focused on the contemporary transformation, but the result has a very warm and east west kind of feel."

Over the last two years, the renovated home has been a lucrative rental, netting around $85,000 a year.

Chris Bosse of LAVA sells Tivoli Terrace, Paddington trophy home

Bosse says his favourite feature of the home are the sliding doors and screens which give infinite variations to open, semi open, and close the space.

"In winter we love the contemporary fireplaces on both levels," Bosse added.

Tivoli Terrace is the only Paddington property to ever feature on the front cover of Grand Designs Magazine.

It's also featured in a spread in New York's Designs Magazine.

Bosse reckons its expansive coverage in the design magazine stems from terraces always fascinating Australians.

"And maybe that’s related to the English heritage," the German born architect who has offices in Germany, Vietnam and Australian.

Chris Bosse, Tobias Wallisser and Alexander Rieck founded LAVA in 2007.

Two bedroom Paddington terrace sales last year ranged between $1 million to $2.78 million.

Bosse, who is working on client projects across five continents, is yet to decide on his new Sydney abode.

"Sydney is my home and I can't wait to get my hands onto the next project.

"Maybe a different typology, maybe a beach house?" he suggests.

This article first appeared in The Weekend Australia. 

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