Sometimes the appearance of simplicity is arrived at through a set of complex architectural and interior moves – as was the case with this three storey waterside residence in Sydney’s Rose Bay. The architectural envelope was executed in concrete in a series of stacked volumes which act as viewing platforms for sweeping harbour views.
The interior was conceived as a similar set of intersecting volumes, the moment of intersection creating a set of connections. Each volume was reduced to a set of pure geometric forms, their relationships to one another purposely accentuated through a monochrome interior with an emphasis on materiality, textures and fine detailing.
Referencing the work of Malevich, every moment is perfectly framed in a contrasting element, drawn from the outline of its neighbouring volume. The relationship between foreground and background in constant dialogue and like the Suprematist’s manifesto the resulting interior is able to be both at once formally abstract and emotionally liberating.
This house is one of the most rigorous and complex works we have ever undertaken. The materials of concrete, marble, lacquer, brass and marble all slide past each other in a kinetic matrix of volumes.
Winner of the International Interior Design and Architecture Award for Residences over 15M in 2017 Finalist in the Society of British and International Design Awards 2018.