Standing on the balcony of this magnificent harbour-side home you’d be forgiven for thinking you were standing on the deck of an ocean liner. A dignified family home re-designed by Luigi Rosselli from 3 separate apartments into a single dwelling, the spaces are seamlessly configured to handle the needs of an active family of 5 and the occasional cocktail party for 100.
A dramatic selection of decorative lighting accentuates a palette of classical finishes, allowing the exquisite, passionately maintained art collection to hold centre stage. Having previously lived in a traditional house, the clients` brief to Decus was to select furniture and furnishings which would showcase the art and the view while maintaining intimacy in a large home.
It is quite rare, in Woollahra Council’s municipality, to have a waterfront residence so close to the water. One gets the feeling of being in Sydney Harbour when looking out of the over-sized wafer-thin framed windows.
Luigi Rosselli Architects won a limited architectural competition to develop the site by proposing to revive the existing three storey house while the competitors opted for a clean slate solution. Adaptive reuse is the best way to keep a carbon footprint small and the strategy was rewarded in this waterfront property by maintaining the foreshore building line just a few steps from the water. A new house would have to be set further back.
Though built on the edge of beach this is not a beach house. The cultured art lovers and sophisticated art collectors who commissioned this project required a very urbane and elegant residence, with an environment ideal to display their collection. Expansive Wall spaces, nooks for sculptures and specialised art lighting were necessary.
The entry courtyard was originally a cramped driveway with three garages as main features, the solution was to relocate the garages and have a Will Dangar designed courtyard with sculptural plants and textural architectural details. The result restored a sense of dignified arrival where people, not cars, are welcome.
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