UNDER CONSTRUCTION: DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH

Our clients approached us with a magnificent brief to furnish and decorate their soon-to-be completed new-build located on Sydney’s Lower North Shore. Although initially looking to buy an existing house, a few years ago they stumbled upon an unusual opportunity to build on a plot that overlooked Hunters Bay and beyond to North Harbour. 

Apart from the stunning location and views, they had also engaged the incomparable and highly sought-after Cape Town-based SAOTA architects, whose international and local projects are characterised by understated luxury and airy clarity. Rounding out the team is TKD Architects, the Sydney-based Project Architects responsible for the architectural design, documentation and project management of the build.

The neutral calming palette is made up of textured layers to differentiate the spaces in the open plan layout.

The neutral calming palette is made up of textured layers to differentiate the spaces in the open plan layout.

Built for a young family, the home provides voluminous voids and spaces, which allow for an abundance of light to fill the concrete interior, whilst contemporary clean lines provide a cohesive backdrop for various textures.

Indoor/outdoor living at it’s best

Indoor/outdoor living at it’s best

The SAOTA signature style of optimal indoor/outdoor connectivity is the perfect canvas to complement the classic Sydney lifestyle we all know and love. 

That view!

That view!

Although large in scale - and open to capture the stunning water views - the sophisticated design still offers the occupants the feeling of seclusion.

The atrium in the entrance foyer is most breathtaking.

The atrium in the entrance foyer is most breathtaking.

The interior design will complement the architecture with custom joinery, fittings and furniture throughout. We will play up the scale of the atrium by suspending a custom-made pendant light through the void and over the dining table for added drama. An ink black window casing will perfectly frame the ocean views to provide an ever-changing artwork in this space.

The off-form bare concrete creates a stunning feature wall.

The off-form bare concrete creates a stunning feature wall.

The use of cedar will be prominent throughout the design of the interior and will soon be applied to most ceiling planes. It will offer warmth and juxtaposition to the off-form concrete walls and over-sized granite tiles used as the flooring throughout.

Under wraps! The soon-to-be revealed quarried granite island bench.

Under wraps! The soon-to-be revealed quarried granite island bench.

One of our many favourite design elements is the quarried granite island bench as it represents the Wabi Sabi philosophy – so perfectly imperfect.

All the designed elements work in harmony and we can’t wait to share the complete composition in a few months.

All images via ©Alexandra Kidd Design