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Architecture: Bellevue Residence

March 9, 2011

dKO Architecture transform a Spanish Mission home in Sydney into two contemporary apartments with a muted palette and calm interiors.

This stately Spanish Mission residence received a twenty-first century makeover, with the addition of two apartments with views over Sydney’s city and harbour.

Beyond the threshold of the entry, the house shifts and splits into two residences. Flexible, light-filled living zones are revealed almost immediately, with an emphasis on visual mass and height. The seamless terrace extensions visually stretch the space, maximising harbour vistas.

The design brings ease and comfort to the interiors, with minimal visual noise on show. The conservative palette provides a calm environment that is restrained and elegant. Dense, almost muted materials, give order while still maintaining an appropriately strong presence. All joinery and services have been integrated into the fitout to simplify the design. Lighting was considered throughout the design process. Ultimately, the aim was to indulge in a monochromatic home of smooth surfaces and planes, light and shadow.

The linear lighting plan is arranged as long pelmets or coffers – to wash, bounce and reflect light off the surfaces and almost evaporate into the space. The house glows by day and at night, with every surface designed to harness light.

*Team* Architects: Koos de Keijzer, David Randerson, Nick Byrne; Designers: Katherine Eustace, Lee Morris

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