New South Wales
Our client, Michael, is simultaneously a recluse and a compulsive host who made the difficult decision to enjoy his twilight years living alone. He wanted a refuge where he could retreat to read, watch movies, cook, entertain and enjoy his wine cellar.
This economical refurbishment combines programmatic adjustments and colour – creating a complex and nourishing interior.
Removing two walls and relocating the kitchen achieved cross ventilation and responded to Michael’s desire for entertaining. Opening up the space has afforded long views connecting dining, kitchen, library, living and sunroom spaces. Rich colours lead the eye through a visually complex yet calm interior.
Demolition revealed original details and roughly formed concrete that were incorporated into the design. New finishes are either robust or economical.
Michael has recognised his requirements have changed and has taken the opportunity we should all have – to curate our own dwelling spaces at all stages of life.