Interior Design: Killara Residence

Aug 18, 2011
  • Article by Online Editor
  • Photography by Trevor Mein
  • Designer arnoldlane
  • Architect Studio R Architects

A comprehensive renovation of a freestanding 1930s home in Killara NSW, the existing home was refurbished and a contemporary pavilion added to the rear. The intention was for old and new to sit in harmony rather than taking on a dramatic contrast.

The existing formal areas of the home were tweaked in terms of planning to retain the classic feel and proportions of the original home. The new open-plan area has been separated into four spatial zones: meals, circulation, lounging and external living. The circulation area separates the meals and lounge area by way of over-scaled screen elements. The intention was to allow interaction and separation within the same space, a balance between grandeur and comfort. The use of traditional materials such as sandstone, travertine, marble, timber and glass throughout add to the feeling of timeless sophistication.

Inspired by the decorative doors in the original home, timber mouldings were introduced to create a layer of texture. Moulding details were applied to the balustrade, wall panelling and the screen elements linking the existing home to the new pavilion. Joinery detailing in the rear extension is simple and pared back yet rich in terms of material selection. The floating roof and continuous high light windows flood the space with light and shade, changing the internal environment throughout the course of each day. Over-scaled glass sliders optimise the view to the native tree canopy beyond. The result is an architectural language where old and new sit seamlessly with each other.

Team Studio R Architects and arnoldlane

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