The good life
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.