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Brazilian + Mediterranean Design Influences Combine In This Ultra Glam Sydney Home!

Architecture

Brazilian, Mediterranean and American design influences are immediately evident in the design of this marvellous property located in Sydney’s Bellevue Hill.

Originally designed in the 1960s by architect George Reves, the ‘Homage to Oscar’ house has been updated by Luigi Rosselli Architects and Studio Schelp, with glamorous interiors by Alwill Interiors, and dreamy landscaping by Dangar Barin Smith.

5th November, 2019

This recently renovated home was originally designed in the ’60s by architect George Reves. Photo – Prue Ruscoe. 

Every detail indoors and out has been considered and enhanced in the renovation. Photo – Prue Ruscoe.

The design references the work of Italian architect Giovanni Ponti and modern Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. Photo – Prue Ruscoe.

The light internal palette allows the surrounding landscaping to become the focal point of the kitchen. Photo – Prue Ruscoe.

A cohesive array of green shades feature throughout the home’s interiors. Photo – Prue Ruscoe.

The home’s curved ceiling bulkheads were carefully restored in the renovation. Photo – Prue Ruscoe.

Photo – Prue Ruscoe.

A Mediterranean feeling is instilled in the interiors through the use of ocean motifs, glamorous lighting pendants, and shades of teal and ice blue. Photo – Prue Ruscoe.

‘People say you shouldn’t combine blue and green, but I tend to disagree!’ says Romaine Alwill, director of Alwill Interiors. Photo – Prue Ruscoe.

The beautifully appointed formal living room. Photo – Prue Ruscoe.

The home’s signature curved lines are continued in the choice of furnishings. Photo – Prue Ruscoe.

A brass handrail and glass balustrade detail gently curves around structural elements of the stairs. Photo – Prue Ruscoe.

The powder room is interior designer Romaine’s favourite area in the whole house! Photo – Prue Ruscoe.

An ocean breeze flows through the interiors. Photo – Prue Ruscoe.

The original stairs by architect George Reves were carefully restored in the project. Photo – Prue Ruscoe.

Large steel-framed doors slide open to reveal the garden. Photo – Prue Ruscoe.

Climbing vines adorn the facade. Photo – Prue Ruscoe.

Luigi Rosselli’s design set out to enrich the home’s existing exterior curves. Photo – Prue Ruscoe.

Columns in the exterior design blend into the background by emulating the trunks of the surrounding palm trees.Photo – Prue Ruscoe.

A 1950s ‘Loop’ Chair in concrete by Willy Guhl perfectly complements the design aesthetic. Photo – Prue Ruscoe.

Each element of the garden was carefully considered in relation to one another. Photo – Prue Ruscoe.

Sandstone adorns various garden elements including this entertaining area. Photo – Prue Ruscoe.

This timber bench seat was custom-built and designed by Sydcon Building Services. Photo – Prue Ruscoe.

The pool is just one small feature of this stunning and expansive property! Photo – Prue Ruscoe.

The completed renovation brings together the work of Luigi Rosselli Architects, Studio Schelp, Alwill Interiors and Dangar Barin Smith.

Amelia Barnes
Tuesday 5th November 2019

‘It’s like being in a cloud, but with fish swimming on the walls!’ – Romaine Alwill

When looking at images of this home, it’s hard to determine where exactly it might be located. The cool white exterior suggests Palm Springs, the tropical landscaping and prominent façade is reminiscent of Brazilian architecture, and the interiors would look perfectly at home in a Greek or Italian resort.

This house is actually located in Sydney’s Bellevue Hill, and was deliberately crafted to combine a diverse but complementary array of architectural influences.

Renovations over time had seen this home become far removed from its mid-century origins by architect George Reves. Luigi Rosselli Architects and Studio Schelp were engaged to restore the home’s character, alongside Alwill Interiors, whose unique flair was sought for the indoors. This experienced design dream team worked with landscape firm Dangar Barin Smith to deliver a remarkable home where every detail has been considered and enhanced.

Referencing the work of Italian architect Giovanni Ponti, and modern Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, Luigi Rosselli’s design set out to enrich the home’s existing exterior curves, and highlight these in the interiors. ‘The client wanted to keep it feeling light, open and airy, striking a balance between timeless elegance and paying homage to the unmistakable mid-century details and style,’ says Romaine Alwill, director of Alwill Interiors. ‘The house was to be luxurious in its execution, yet practical, and have an element of playfulness throughout.’

The floorplan was updated to feature predominately open-plan spaces, more conducive to the client’s relaxed harbourside lifestyle. This new layout presented a challenge to Alwill, requiring an integration of clever design cues to define the formal rooms from those more casual. ‘It’s actually a very difficult house to furnish! ‘Not only are there curves and few right angles, but the home’s openness makes it hard to define a language for each space,’ Romaine says. ‘Also, the client had three teenage kids, so it couldn’t be too precious. When it’s distinctly separate rooms it’s much easier!’

A Mediterranean feeling is instilled in the interiors through the use of ocean motifs, glamorous lighting pendants, and shades of teal and ice blue. ‘People say you shouldn’t combine blue and green, but I tend to disagree! Luigi is Italian so those Mediterranean curves are innate to him, but they were also a part of the original house, so I wanted to embrace that. It all came together quite naturally,’ Romaine says.

The result of these radical yet sympathetic updates has truly elevated this architecturally significant home to the next level. Romaine’s favourite element of the property is the connection between the indoors and out, and surprisingly, the powder room!

‘It’s heaven, I love how the materials came together in there: silk wallpaper, Hermes marble and brass. It’s like being in a cloud, but with fish swimming on the walls!’

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