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Clovelly | Sweeping statement
01 The contrast of organic and linear forms throughout the
home is dramatic. On the lower level, the concrete arcs away
to highlight the fine lines of the cedar cladding. Recessed
shelving, low and lit, adds interest to the floor line, and valuable
display space for the client’s vast art and sculpture collection.
02 Sandstone, reused from the original site, is teamed with
western red cedar and concrete on the building’s facade, and
within the interior. The timber is treated with Cutek stabilising
oil with a black ash tint. This allows the wood to silver over time,
while maintaining its integral strength.
03 In the dining room, Tom Dixon pendant lights highlight
a table from MCM House, made from Russian recycled elm,
and an abstract Giles Hohnen painting. Low-line windows
run along the dining room. They invite the greenery inside
and aid in breaking up the expanse of concrete.
Bought in 1994 as a single-storey
cottage, and renovated in 1999, this
patch of seaside land had served
the family well. When, however, after five
years in New York City, John, wife Pamela,
and their two children returned to their
savoured patch of coastline in 2008, they
brought with them a desire for something
more. Centred on an appreciation for the
robust materiality of concrete and the need
for a dynamic, environmentally conscious
family home, the overhaul began.
John explains that durability was key.
“We wanted to build something that
could remain functional and stylish after
more than 10 years. Concrete – in its
raw, structural state – is perfect. It’s not
designed to be dismantled or fall apart.”
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