Balancing Home in Manly Council

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Balancing Home

New South Wales Residential Development – design by Luigi Rosselli Pty Ltd

9 Nov 2015

Balancing Home in Manly Council

Design: Luigi Rosselli Pty Ltd – Architects

Location: Balgowlah NSW, Manly Council, Australia

The best response to designing a home on a bland and anodyne site is to bring a suitcase of memories; familiar, traditional building forms that one feels comfortable with to provide a modern architecture that is reinforced by collective memory and is not unsettling.

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Porters Paints ‘Ox Red’ was applied to the masonry base, a memory of the hearth colour used in clay bricks. The white upper floor is pertinent to timber construction. © Edward Birch

This new house, sat on a regular and relatively flat block of land, is part of a recently established and growing suburb on Sydney’s North Shore, close to Manly.

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Luigi Rosselli Associate, Edward Birch, detailed the robust trusses, the raw concrete fireplace hearth and sliding steel partition that are balanced by the soft, sheer curtains, woolly rugs and furniture selected by Alexandra Donohoe, Luigi Rosselli Architect’s in house interior designer. © Justin Alexander

Two wings with traditional gable roofing are superposed and crossed. Oriented along the cardinal points, the upper bedroom wing balances over the lower wing and family communal rooms. The barn-like white timber form of the upper floor balances over a solid oxblood red masonry base, running across the width of the site.

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The master bedroom, which hovers over the front door, faces the sunrise and a distant ocean view. A steep pitched roof covers the lower red wing. Laser cut plywood shutters frame and clad the first floor bedroom wing. © Edward Birch

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The white shuttered first floor overhangs the living room terrace. The bedrooms are kept cool by a combination of the external shutters, cross ventilation and a large air gap in the roof space. The house is air conditioning free. © Edward Birch

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The bedroom wing appears to hang in the balance over the pool. © Edward Birch

Built for a young family the bedrooms stretch from east to west, cantilevering over the smaller living quarters, providing a covered porch over the entrance to the residence and a covered terrace by the pool.

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Alexandra Donohoe’s interior design and décor in the foreground with the kitchen joinery in the background. © Justin Alexander

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Is this the best Luigi Rosselli Architects kitchen of the year?
Featuring:
– Polished concrete floor by Stonewood Construction
– Panelled joinery without the blight of any dreadfully designed fridges or appliances by Sydney Joinery
– Statuario marble benchtop supplied by Granite and Marble Works Pty Ltd http://www.granitemarbleworks.com.au/
– Tekna-Nautic “Portreath” Pendant light supplied by Tigger Hall Design http://tiggerhall.com.au/
– Classicon ‘Pallas’ table designed by Konstantin Grcic http://www.classicon.com/en/product/pallas.html, complimented by Gervasoni ‘Grey 23’ dining chairs.
© Justin Alexander

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Two fridges and a pantry are hidden behind the panelled doors. © Justin Alexander

The interiors reflect the presence of traditional detailing with a contemporary sensitivity, for example in the vaulted cathedral ceilings and polished concrete floors. Robust timber trusses and delicate steel windows also provide a vibrant contrast, together with the strong pallet of colours

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Dark oak treads and a fine classic steel balustrade provide a contrast against the white walls. © Justin Alexander

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Broadline glass has been used frequently. In the glazed front doors it provides more play of light and shape than a matt sandblasted glass © Edward Birch

Balancing Home in Manly Council – Building Information

Location: Balgowlah NSW, Manly Council
Design Architect: Luigi Rosselli, Edward Birch
Project Architects: Edward Birch
Interior Designer: Alexandra Donohoe for Decus Interiors www.decus.com.au/
Landscape Architect: Good Manors http://www.goodmanors.com.au/
Builder: Stonewood Construction Pty Ltd http://www.stonewoodconstruction.com.au/
Structural Consultant: Charles Blunt for Rooney & Bye Pty Ltd http://www.rooneyandbye.com.au/home.php/
Joiner: Sydney Joinery http://sydneyjoinery.com.au/
Photography: Justin Alexander, Edward Birch

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The Morning sun streams through the broadline glass. The curve of the wall reminds us of Corbusier’s motto: “Architecture is the mastery of correct and magnificent play of masses, brought together in light.” © Edward Birch

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