Giving a brick dwelling from 1970’s a brand new appeal Bijl Architecture transformed the Burrawong Property in Mosman, Australia into cheerful and inviting contemporary residence filled with organic light. The task presented with a special set of challenges that went beyond mere aesthetics as the home was nestled on the edge of a national park and integrating it with the greenery outside was an vital part of the makeover. The original brick structure was left largely untouched on the outside with the new addition in gray on the leading level adding visual contrast and a hint of modernity to the classic edifice.
A series of image windows, skylights and glass doors bring the outdoors inside even though eliminating any scope of a dull or poorly-lit corner. The color scheme relies on comprehensive use of white for the backdrop with delightful paintings and décor bringing in a flood of colour and pattern. Very carefully planned cutouts shape the new basement-level music area and the lap pool subsequent to the home even as the private spaces really feel relaxed and inviting. Nonetheless inherently traditional and but unmistakably modern day on the inside, this is a bushland property that bridges two diverse design and style philosophies. [Photography: Katherine Lu]
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As the property is in the highest level bushfire arranging zone, any new external materials needed to think about not only the aesthetic and kind of the original 1970s brick dwelling, but also the ability to withstand stressful bushfire conditions. We also deemed how any additions to the existing dwelling would very best blend with the highly textured and colored brickwork as nicely as the dense bushland surrounds.
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