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Coolong Road

Location:
Vaucluse
Type:
House
Year:
2014
Architect:
Luigi Rosselli
Project Manager:
Alvaro Bros
Consultant:
William Dangar Design
O'Hearn Consulting
Photographer:
Richard Glover

The location, style and elegance of this contemporary Vaucluse home has established it as one of Sydney's most prestigious homes.

This contemporary residence in Vaucluse is positioned at the end of a 30 metre cobblestone driveway, opening out to a spacious courtyard.

The building's facade is finished with cement render, sandstone cladding and cedar slats which combine to create a soft, natural feel to the residence.

The contribution of Will Dangar's landscaping was pivotal to provide the continuity between the interiros and the generous grounds of the site.

Working with the brief of 'always the best', Luigi Rosselli Architects has produced an elegant but neutral back drop to the clients collection of art.

Maintaining a minimalist style, the living areas are tiled with polished limestone and heated throughout.

The three floors are integrated by a 2.2 metre wide stone clad stair case which is complemented by a frameless balustrade stretching up from the lower ground floor.

Sydney Harbour is surrounded by a majority of large and dull waterfront houses. Quantity prevails on quality. This house in Vaucluse was a typical example; it had 16 car spaces distributed in three garages and eight bathrooms, but ceilings were low, the internal planning was cramped and you had to walk outside to go down to the ground floor levels.

We transformed two of the three garages into living spaces and a tennis house to accommodate visitors. We formed a new internal stair linking all levels of the house and upgraded all finishes, openings, swimming pool and external spaces.

The client’s brief was “always the best” which did not apply only to finishes but also to the special qualities. The house had to be an elegant but neutral back drop to a great art collection and a classic Sydney Harbour setting.

A high level of diplomatic and political skills were required in a site of this location, our Development Application was subject to venomous objections from the neighbours on either side of our project and our client responded on the neighbours new house plans, it was like being in the middle of the Maginot lines. Despite this neighbourly war, we obtained a building permit in less than four months.

The contribution of Will Dangar’s landscaping was pivotal to provide the continuity between the interiors and the generous grounds of the site.

 

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