The interiors of this mid-1960s building have been transformed into a sensual place of residence where one can live amongst their private art collection, luxury home meets gallery - Exhibit House.
Architect: Stukel Architecture Location: Cranbrook Lane, Bellevue Hill, NSW, Australia Year: 2018 Project size: 224 sq.m. Site size: 578 sq.m. Team: Tobhiyah Stone Feller, Dominique Hage, Andrea Harrison Builder: AJP Constructions Structural Engineer: Birzulis Associates Certifier: Concise Certification Soft Furnishings: Dom Hage Designs Photography: Simon Whitbread
From the architect: This design has restored the existing fabric of the original mid-1960s architect’s design, removing any subsequent renovations and introduced an innovative contemporary intervention.
The functional issues of glare and lack of cross ventilation have been addressed through the attachment of shade structures and reopening pre-existing hit and miss brick fenestrations and adding operable skylights. The northern fixed awning was devised through algorithmic design processes to balance connection with the sky and solar shading with the triangular motif following the 45deg geometry of the original building.
The interior design has borrowed elements more readily found in small commercial galleries, as the home is often used for hosting small cultural gatherings. The strong central axis of the main spaces has been enhanced with symmetrically arranged track lighting, brass surfaces, steel framed glazed partitions and deep wall reveals, creating what feels like a semi-public spaces, the classic gallery enfilade. This rigid composition is counterpointed by the rich and eclectic art pieces and furniture arranged throughout the home.