Harbour Front-Row Seat by Luigi Rosselli Architects
Modern waterfront residence designed by Luigi Rosselli Architects, situated in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, Australia.
Description by Luigi Rosselli Architects
It is quite rare, in Woollahra Council’s municipality, to have a house waterfront residence so close to the water. One gets the feeling of being in Sydney Harbour when looking out of the oversized wafer-thin framed windows.
Luigi Rosselli Architects won a limited architectural competition to develop the site by proposing to revive the existing three storey house while the competitors opted for a clean slate solution. Adaptive reuse is the best way to keep a carbon footprint small and the strategy was rewarded in this waterfront property by maintaining the foreshore building line just a few steps from the water. A new house would have to be set further back.
Though built on the edge of beach this is not a beach house. The cultured art lovers and sophisticated art collectors who commissioned this project required a very urbane and elegant residence, with an environment ideal to display their collection. Expansive Wall spaces, nooks for sculptures and specialised art lighting were necessary.
The entry courtyard was originally a cramped driveway with three garages as main features, the solution was to relocate the garages and have a Will Dangar designed courtyard with sculptural plants and textural architectural details. The result restored a sense of dignified arrival where people, not cars, are welcome.
Interior Design by Alexandra Donohoe for Decus Interiors
Landscape Architecture by William Dangar for Dangar Group / William Dangar Associates
Photography by Justin Alexander and Edward Birch