The feeling you get from viewing the interiors of this charming home in Bondi, Sydney, Australia, is that of lightness. Designed by architect Uri Turgeman and interior designer Shellee Gordoun, the residence boasts four bedrooms and three bathrooms, all displaying charming white & blue finishes. The ethereal atmosphere is probably related to the home’s coastal environment, which is also reflected in the extensive use of glass and clerestory windows.
The core of the residence is the living room, opening up to a dramatic double-height atrium, as well as to a generous backyard wooden deck. Oak floors, exposed brick walls and skylights create a bright and appealing modern social space. Other amenities of the residence include a a home office, private master wing with study, north facing deck and a luxe ensuite with freestanding bath, a child-friendly garden and a home theater. Enjoy the photos!
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.