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.
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!
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.
Reconfiguring it into three large luxury units meant the addition of a copper clad box at roof level to extend the available living area without actually disturbing the original style and flair of the building. Another fascinating feature is the use of refurbished Crittall factory windows which usher in the industrial vibe of the original edifice.
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.
As is the case with most modern homes set in such panoramic landscapes it is the extensive use of glass windows sliding doors and a smart indoor-outdoor interplay that blur the line between the scenery outside and the comfy living space indoors.
But the beautiful private residence in Australia takes a different approach to space maximization as it arranges spaces in a series of internal steps to not just create the impression of a breezy cheerful home but also to make the most of the city views on offer. Designed by Tim Stewart Architects this modern home is all about organizational skill and meticulous planning!