Home' Scoop Homes and Art : Insite 24 Autumn 2010 Contents with the social life of the residents
-- a family of five -- in mind, interior
designer Leon House paired ivory walls
with beige marble flooring and modern
organic-style furnishings to create a
bright and airy space. Sunlight floods
in through bifold glass doors that lead to
a patio and swimming pool.
Enhanced by the interior ceilings and
floors that continue into the outdoor
entertaining area, these doors can open
completely to create one all-encompassing
space. "It's all tied in, so now it has got
that inside-outside appeal," says Leon.
"It's got a really good feel to it."
This "good feel" is one of sunny
warmth, but it's seemingly at odds with
the property's southern frontage. "It's a
south-facing house that should be cold,
and the house is white (also cooling), so
to keep it warm is quite a contradiction
of terms. Most people go, 'How does that
work?'" says Leon.
In this case, it does work. Warmth and
light are created through the use of glass,
mirrors, natural materials and an inviting
tactile element introduced in the form of
textured fabrics, wallpapers and a polished
plaster finish on the walls.
"We're not maximising the whole
solar principles, but it was the only way
to go about it," says Shane of the choice
to point south. "If we went the other
way, the house would probably be 100sqm
smaller than it is today... but you don't
feel that it's cold by any nature, so it
does actually work."
Stepping outside, you enter a subtropical
haven tailored for relaxation. When
designing the space, landscape designer
Jo Taylor envisaged a scene straight out
of an Asian resort. "The client asked for
a resort-type garden because they travel
overseas a lot and wanted to bring the look
home with them," says Jo.
The space is built around a luminous
pool, which is slightly lowered from the
rest of the area to produce a feeling of
elevation in the garden zones. A Balinese
stone Buddha reclines by the pool and
takes advantage of a seating space that
has been carved into the concrete of the
external wall. This is a feature echoed by a
suspended bench found outside the study.
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