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Martello Tower Home / Luigi Rosselli

  • 20:00 - 10 September, 2016
Martello Tower Home / Luigi Rosselli
Martello Tower Home / Luigi Rosselli, © Justin Alexander
© Justin Alexander

© Justin Alexander © Justin Alexander © Edward Birch © Justin Alexander + 21

  • Interior Designer

    Romaine Alwill, Alwill Interiors
  • Builder

    Sydcon Building Services Pty Ltd
  • Structural & Hydraulic Consultant

    Rooney & Bye Pty Ltd
  • Joiner

    Kitchen Trend
  • Landscaper

    Secret Gardens
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© Edward Birch
© Edward Birch

Text description provided by the architects. A Sandstone Coastal Lookout

Situated on the highest point of a ridge overlooking Sydney’s Middle Harbour is a solid, 3 storey brick house built during the between the late 1950s and early 1960s, which has been complemented by contemporary additions bearing all the signature hallmarks of Luigi Rosselli Architecture: the sandstone base, the whitewashed walls, and the aerofoil vertical louvres placed next to “log-cabin” exterior wall cladding.

© Justin Alexander
© Justin Alexander

The front of the house features another Luigi Rosselli Architects key element – a lightwell containing an elliptical stair – framed by the sandstone Martello Tower* entry porch that, in its “partially ruined” state, opens up to the horizontal whitewashed concrete beams and roof lines that complete the new street elevation.

© Edward Birch
© Edward Birch
Plan 1
Plan 1
© Justin Alexander
© Justin Alexander

Gentle alterations to the existing house have left ninety-five percent of the original structure standing including the 1950s sandstone fireplace in the lounge, while the additions to the front of the house and the new lower ground floor level at the back have enlivened its somewhat bland appearance.   Internally, the interiors created by Romaine Alwill incorporated the client’s favourite Mediterranean Blue colour into a timeless palette to create a comfortable and luminous family home that is ready to survive another 50 years.

© Justin Alexander
© Justin Alexander

*Sometimes known simply as Martellos, Martello Towers are small defensive forts that were built across the British Empire during the 19th century, from the time of the French Revolutionary Wars onwards. Most were coastal forts.

© Edward Birch
© Edward Birch

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Cite: "Martello Tower Home / Luigi Rosselli" 10 Sep 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/795000/martello-tower-home-luigi-rosselli-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
© Justin Alexander

圆形碉堡别墅 / Luigi Rosselli Architects