Luigi Rosselli Architects and Alexandra Donohoe have designed this contemporary two-story house in Sydney, Australia.
This house in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs had quite a low profile owning to its Californian Bungalow origins and ‘improvements’ made in the 1980s; its vast empty roof space was the dominant ‘fifth elevation’ which begged to be renovated into an attic conversion. Our Clients requested a ‘Parents’ Retreat’ in this first floor conversion, complete with a vast master bedroom, ensuite bathroom, his and hers walk-in-robes, a separate lounge area to admire the sunsets and fireworks over the Sydney skyline, and finally a – mandatory – balcony, large enough to step out onto and enjoy a relaxing Martini in the evening, and in the morning to check if the world is still turning or if you need to wear warm socks.
The design intent was to connect the dominant Californian Bungalow character of the existing house to the minor additions. This was achieved by adding clerestorey windows to the front of the home and providing strong corner piers to support the roof of the balcony located at the back out the property, two elements that are part of the vocabulary of the original house despite being clearly readable as modern additions.