It's kind of cottage-looking, Arts and Crafts bungalow, with modern twists, and touches, and Bollywood coloring. Plus, it's in Australia and I'm a sucker for a man with an accent.
It's luxurious and simple at the same time; posh, tranquil. It was a former Arts and Craft Movement home in Sydney that was transformed into a pristine white canvas upon which bold textures speak. The owners thought the six-bedroom home was ‘too big’ so the architects, MCK Architects, re-formed and reunited the interior spaces, and made the indoors tie-in with the grand outdoor spaces, the gardens, the pool, and the upper decks.
The key living areas were reoriented, and rooms that were once closed off to one another were now open. External and internal blinds, as well as sunshade awnings, were used to control exposure to the sunlight, while inside the house an open mezzanine has transformed the back hall into a functional focal point.
The use of the large void to connect the kitchen, formal dining and living areas gives harmony to once disparate rooms. Controlling the amount of sunlight that floods the house makes sure that all public rooms are inviting and usable at all times of the day. The interior is kept neutral with punches of colour used to add personality and character.
All over the house the evocative contrast of intense textural materials is a striking design feature. Rough sandstone plays off against smooth concrete, timber screens contrast against lush plants, jewel coloured tiles arranged in an Islamic fan pattern break up blocks of austere Calacutta marble.
A sandstone wall that ‘snakes’ its way through the building from inside to out, is a clever tactical and visual device, used to connect a variety of spaces. The light colour palette was selected to complement the client’s extensive art and object collection. White paint was used on the walls and light or medium dark colours chosen for the flooring. In this way, a selection of contemporary finishes accent fittings, and fixtures along with bolts of hot orange, turquoise and cerise jump are allowed to leap out. In the dining room a custom-built screen between mirrors the exact pattern on the original stamped tin ceiling and acts as a decorative division between dining and living rooms.
It really has it all; modern simplicity, and character. Indoor spaces that are comfy and cool, and outdoor space perfect for a margarita and a swim.
And it's all down under.