Old Meets New In The Land Down Under

History and modernism collide in this heritage restoration project by Luigi Rosselli Architects in Sydney, Australia. This breathtaking three-storey house has all the hallmarks of modernist, minimalist design, without the coldness or severity that often accompanies it — i.e., the perfect home, in my books.  

The re-designed 19th century building retains the rich character of its old Victorian skeleton. The original structure was stripped of any accretions and white-washed to highlight its old world features, like high ceilings, beautiful wainscoting and crown molding. Using modern, sculptural furniture in this space feels unexpected and creates a fresh contrast.

Wide oak floorboards throughout the home lend warmth to the space.

A spiraling staircase acts as a bridge between old and new. It joins a new modern wing, including a new kitchen and family room on the ground floor and study and staff quarters above, with the original rooms in the house. A dramatic light installation by Lindsey Adelman spans the height of the staircase.

Minimalists, be still your beating hearts. Polished concrete floors in the family room reflect light that floods in from floor-to-ceiling steel windows. A sun-dappled terrace lies just beyond.

A serene, understated bedroom beckons from behind century-old doors.

The newly designed study is all clean lines and leather accents.

On the third floor, an attic acts as a cosy — yet modern — lounge space.

The seamless blend of heritage and modernism in this home is a feat in both design and architecture. G’donya mates.

Photo credits:

1. Justin Alexander, courtesy of The Cool Hunter
2-7. Justin Alexander, courtesy of Luigi Rosselli Architects

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