Sydney-based interior design studio Alexander & Co. go beyond just responding to the brief. It is their firm belief that each project – each place –whether it be a residential home or a hospitality venue, has something to say; they call this “the spirit of place”. The spirit of Spotted Gum House is marked by innovation and exploration. The clients themselves played a pivotal role in the home’s forward-thinking sustainable design features, while the Alexander & Co. team explored the tension between what was and what could be.
The house features a double-story rear extension on an early 20th-century bungalow. Each section of the home – the restored front, the new upstairs, and the new downstairs – was designed with a unique architectural language, making the process more streamlined. What we see as a result is a marriage between both traditional and contemporary architecture to create one unified design vernacular.
The ground floor of the rear extension comprises a generous, open communal space with a high-ceiling kitchen, dining and living area. Upstairs on the first floor are the private living quarters, including the main bedroom, steam shower room and built-in infra-red sauna. The home’s original front comfortably houses two guest bedrooms, a study, sitting room, guest bathroom, powder room, and laundry.
Contrasting materials for the floors, ceiling and walls creates variety and movement in the communal space.
Perhaps the most significant aspect of this alteration was the pivot towards a more environmentally-conscious way of designing and living. Devoted to both personal wellness and sustainability through architecture, the clients were key drivers behind the home’s sustainable features, some of which include: a circadian ‘dim’ lighting system, geothermal climate control, double-glazed windows, and organic low-risk materials. “Each of these components was pivotal in maintaining integrity and excellence within the design,” Jeremy says.
Spotted Gum House by Alexander & Co. is a paragon of timelessness; emerging from the past, built in the present, designed for the future.
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