Nestled on a hillside lot and offering a view of the distant Atlantic the designed by Charles Rose Architects is more contemporary than rustic. Despite this clearly modern edge the elegant residence aims to be as ‘organic’ as possible with a cedar shiplap exterior and a smart green roof.
Essentially the delightful residence brings together a series of courtyards and open spaces bound by glass and stone walls to create a relaxing imaginative and exclusive interior. Apart from the obvious stone and glass presence it is the sturdy steel beams that bring another interesting dimension to this Aussie home even as the two butterfly roofs open up to bring in as much sunlight as possible.
Space is definitely not an issue here with the two large volumes being connected by a narrow bridge on the top level even as the lower level is left as open as possible. The gorgeous pool area wooden deck and backyard become a visual part of the interior even as the private zones are housed on the top floor. An engaging roof terrace and modern lighting complete a cheerful residence that reinterprets the classic MiMo style in a grand manner.
Viewed from the street the novel extension is almost invisible and it only becomes a part of the home’s visual once you step in. This was an essential component of the overall design as it kept the historic appeal of the house unaltered while the extension with glass walls and large floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors brought in ample natural ventilation.
Move beyond this and you will notice the use of a stone accent wall that veers away from the contemporary narrative and yet seems to fit in with the modern setting all too easily! It is the wooden décor pieces though that clearly steal the spotlight here as they usher in textural and geometric contrast without ever disturbing the serene ambiance of the home.
Décor from the likes of Design Within Reach dominates the setting even as large glass walls open it up towards the garden outside. Large globe pendants with hexagonal panels in the kitchen and patterned drapes in the dining room further bring plenty of visual contrast even as shades of blue inspired by the surf are carefully integrated throughout the living area.
Elegantly tucked in between the series of internal courtyards is the living area on the lower level along with a spacious kitchen and dining room a laundry an additional sitting lounge a music room and a lovely pantry.