The good li­fe

ELLE Decor (Italy) - - English Text - by Ta­mi Ch­ri­stian­sen — pho­tos by Na­tha­lie Krag wi­th the col­la­bo­ra­tion of Eve Fra­me

In­te­riors that rea­ch out in­to the gar­den and a brea­th- ta­king view of Tay­lors Bay. In Syd­ney, the mo­der­ni­st in­spi­ra­tion vil­la de­si­gned by Shaun Loc­kyer

De­ci­si­ve mo­der­ni­st in­spi­ra­tion geo­me­trics in­ter­rup­ted in pla­ces by thick ve­ge­ta­tion. Eve­ry­thing in this vil­la seems in­ten­ded to mer­ge wi­th the na­tu­re in the bay. De­si­gned by Au­stra­lian ar­chi­tect Shaun Loc­kyer, well- kno­wn for his at­ten­tion to land­sca­pe, it is in a sur­pri­sing lo­ca­tion: the na­tu­re re­ser­ve that is Ta­ron­ga Na­tio­nal Park. “This hou­se is the em­bo­di­ment of the ar­chi­tec­tu­res I ha­ve al­ways ad­mi­red, wi­th a fu­sion of in­doors and out, doors that sli­de and di­sap­pear, li­ke dia­ph­ragms and ve­ge­ta­tion that, qui­te unex­pec­ted­ly, co­mes inside,” says Car­rie Bel­lot­ti, an Ame­ri­can la­dy who has mo­ved to Syd­ney and now owns this ho­me. The Bri­sba­ne- born de­si­gner has built a ho­me that con­trasts sto­ne and con­cre­te wi­th wood and glass and ad­ded at­ten­tion to eco- su­stai­na­bi­li­ty and ener­gy ef­fi­cien­cy. Vi­si­ble from the ou­tsi­de, the­se ma­te­rials com­bi­ne to form an in­ter­wea­ving of in­te­riors that rea­ch out in­to the gar­den. Inside, mea­n­whi­le, dif­fe­rent fi­ni­shes cha­rac­te­ri­se the sur­fa­ces in rooms de­ve­lo­ped in se­ries. The ter­raz­zo floors dia­lo­gue wi­th walls and cei­lings in ex­po­sed con­cre­te, the ab­so­lu­te star of this pro­ject. The va­rious per­spec­ti­ve an­gles, dif­fe­rent kinds of light from abo­ve and ex­plo­si­ve co­lours of art pie­ces and fur­ni­shing de­tails lend uni­que cha­rac­ter to the space as a who­le.

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