Australia Trends Home Trends Volume 32 No 1 Australia - Page 30

Previous pages: The eclectic decor includes a German kitchen, Chinese antique dining chairs and a custom dining table. Above right and facing page upper: Laurelia Pilippiana Tepa, a Chilean wood, features on the lift surrounds and in the master bedroom. Facing page, lower: The master bathroom has the look of a high-end spa, featuring wall-to-wall Breccia Sarda marble from southern Italy. Reaching up not out, the home has parking in the basement, the main living spaces and wet and dry kitchens on the ground floor, and bedrooms and a study on the level above that. The fourth floor has the master suite while the roof – together with the many other terraces and balconies – offers another outdoor living space. “As well as connecting with the outdoors and views via balconies, I wanted the house to have its own internal spaciousness,” Yong says. To achieve this, the architect designed the first floor with a ceiling cutout – opening it to the floor above to create a double-height void. search | save | share at “There is a 3.7m-high stud on all floors, but here it is more like 8m, creating a dramatic impact. I drew attention to the height by introducing a textured, plaster wall element beside the main seating area to lead the eye up. This was repeated in horizontal format in the kitchen and dining area for continuity.” While the house doesn’t have a lot of garden, it does bring the natural world inside through the choice of materials. Wood veneers in exotic species are seen on the floor, the lift entry surrounds on most floors and on the balustrades that overlook the main living floor from the