Stripped of years of previous additions, the original house was enhanced by the installation of a 3 storey spiralling stair that melds the historic fabric of the dwelling with a modern wing – a new kitchen and family room on the ground floor and study and staff quarters above. 5-panelled steel windows lined along the facade open the family room onto an expansive outdoor terrace dappled in light.
White washed interior walls serve to emphasis the grandeur of the existing house, embracing the garden and framed views of the harbour through generous windows. Wide oak floorboards and finely veined marble lend a simplicity of palette and detail within the house, offset by dramatic detailed light installation by Lindsey Adelman.
This project forms part of Luigi Rosselli Architects ongoing investigation into heritage architecture as a process of organic growth used as a means to explore a significant existing building. Similar to the development of ancient villages with closely related architecture, new works are clearly distinct from the older ones, avoiding confrontation and generational disputes.
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Images – Justin Alexander & Edward Birch // stylist -¬†Alexandra Donohoe, Decus