Large, open interiors, panoramic views over the city of Sydney with its skyscrapers designed by Renzo Piano, Sir Norman Foster and Ingenhoven Architects, and glimpses of the harbour in the background: these are the strong points of the duplex architect Luigi Rosselli created by renovating a 1920s building.
The main façade of the original 1920s building was preserved so as not to alter the prevalent image of the building from the street. The architect gave the house a new internal layout by rearranging the distribution of functions and demolishing the rooms at the back of the property. The home built on two floors in the 1920s made way for a duplex composed of a ground floor garden apartment and a two-level penthouse with garages and storage cellars.
A lot of thought went into the interior design of the two units, to make sure they reflected the family history and personality of the clients, who love modern art and architecture. The use of space is designed to make room for an eclectic collection of furniture and artworks, setting aside areas for specific uses such as the book area by the stairs to the panoramic patio, from which the inhabitants can admire the city skyline.
Design: Luigi Rosselli, Jane McNeill, Hugh Campbell
Interior Design: Jane McNeill
Landscape: Susan Miles Landscape Architect
Photos: Justin Alexander / Edward Birch
Location: Potts Point, Sydney NSW