Balancing Home in Sydney Gets Its Wings Crossed


architecture modern residence Luigi Rosselli Architects and Alexandra Donohoe of Decus Interiors completed the design of the Balancing Home in Sydney, Australia. The residence is in a recently established and growing suburb on Sydney’s North Shore.

“2 wings with traditional gable roofing are crossed; the upper bedroom wing balances over the lower wing and family communal rooms,” the architects say. “The barn-like white timber form of the upper floor is placed over a solid red masonry base, running across the width of the site.”
modern residence (1) The bedrooms, stretching from east to west, are cantilevered over the smaller living quarters; this creates a covered porch at the house’;s front entrance and a covered terrace by the pool in back.

“The interiors reflect the presence of traditional detailing with a contemporary sensitivity; for example, in the vaulted cathedral ceilings and polished concrete floors,” the architects say. “Robust timber trusses and delicate steel windows provide a vibrant contrast.”

The walnut storage unit in the living room creates a visual opposition to the flooring and white walls. A dark oak staircase features a classic steel balustrade. [Information provided by Luigi Rosselli Architects; photos by Edward Birch and Justin Alexander]
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