When architect and director of Alexander & Co Jeremy Bull, and marketing director Tess Glasson purchased this home in Bondi Junction, the 1900s Victorian semi-detached dwelling was very dilapidated. The layout was poorly planned for a young family, so initial renovations re-structured the home, to ‘maximise space and exploit the site footprint wherever possible.’
Three stages of renovation are now complete, and one key idea behind this iterative design approach was for Jeremy and Tess to teach their children what architecture could be, by showing ‘its materiality and imperfections.’ The design itself is inspired by humanist architect Alvar Aalto and modernist master Louis Kahn. In maintaining a constate feeling of evolution, the expressive home is always in a state of change.
The second renovation involved building a loft space, that operates as a bedroom, rumpus and ‘football safe space’ for the kids to play. The third extension builds upon the changing needs of the family, to increase the kitchen area to include a new laundry, sunken lounge and dining area, and garage (used to house the ‘many skateboards, surfboards and bicycles of the now larger family’). The fireplace overlooks the sunken dining and conversation pit, framed with a leather banquette for cosy chats and lounging.
While the architects describe the home as in a ‘non-static state of completion’ – it feels very resolved to us! The interior palette reflects a contemporary Scandinavian vibe, of low cost pine structures, exposed pine ply sheeting, and Carrara tiles. The architects describe the space as ‘quirky, infused with the unique spirit of the family.’ Stay tuned for the next iteration of this forever evolving home!