The lot that the home occupies is situated on the upper hills of Les Issambres Cotes D’Azure and it is the unique topography of the site that determined its final silhouette and orientation. A sloping terrain forced the architects to adopt a step-like design for the luxury villa with the street façade offering complete privacy.
The appliances in the kitchen and ergonomic island bring the ease of a contemporary lifestyle to the traditional setting and the bedrooms continue this theme with a fusion of modern elements like Roy Lichtenstein’s drawings with antique pieces and rare vintage accessories. Spa-style bathrooms an indoor swimming pool and other expansive spaces complement the style and theme of the remarkable one-of-a-kind mansion.
The exterior of this Aussie home brings together form and functionality effortlessly as fire-resistant spotted gum cladding and concrete panels offer perfect insulation along with visual and textural intrigue. It is this blend of materials that gives the residence its unique identity and this balance between concrete and warm wooden elements is also continued indoors.
A large wooden deck barbecue zone and pool area become an essential part of the interior extending the family zone into small private patio. The captivating use of marble for the kitchen backsplash and island comfy midcentury décor in the living area and a neutral color scheme add to the contemporary panache of this exquisite Aussie home.
The dramatic 25-feet-high open living area on the lower level contains the living space dining room and kitchen with each area flowing into the next. Instead of completely shunning its past the converted church actually embraces its rich heritage with fabulous stained glass windows bringing pops of yellow red and green into each room.
Modern extensions to classic homes often take inspiration from the existing setting and the idea is to find that delicate balance between the existing and the new with one space flowing into the other.
Apart from the framed glass door that swings open to connect the living area and the backyard a large glass window next to a custom wooden bench in the living room completely opens up the interior to the world outside. This allows the brick wall covered with Boston Ivy to become a part of the living space visually giving the Holden Street House a hint of green goodness!