The Quarterdeck, a Mid-century home nestled into a secluded bushland setting in Sydney’s Sugarloaf Bay was reimagined for a tech guru wanting to create a family home for himself and his three teenagers. It was essential that the integrity of the original 1950s architectural house was maintained and revered, whilst also integrating all the latest technology and services to bring the home into this century and beyond. The brief required that the home be doubled in size while simultaneously ensuring it would feel cosy when our client was living there alone as well as functioning seamlessly when hosting a dozen or more extended family members staying at any one time.
The concept for the interiors drew upon the original distinguishing Modernist details of the home. The Butterfly roof, exposed structural steel beams, shiplap panelling to the front façade, bagged brick interior walls, and original timber 50s windows and doors were restored then subsequently the unique characteristics of these original features informed our design response. Subtle shipping references incorporated by the original 1959 architect, Glynn Nicholls were also restored, such as the fine steel wire balustrading to the upper deck.
Our client’s relaxed lifestyle and his beloved yellow kombi, known as Little Miss Sunshine, were further inspirational springboards for the project. Little Miss Sunshine was parked behind a fixed glass viewing panel adjacent to newly relocated central stair, allowing glimpses of her sunshine form whilst passing through the home. We played with colour, referencing Mondrian palettes, we sparingly used primary blue, red and yellow as bold brushstrokes which were layered over a base of limed and natural oiled American oaks and lashes of white. Needless to say the bushland setting was also enormously inspiration in our design response for the outdoor areas and in the master suite, which virtually hangs in the surrounding bush of Sugarloaf Bay.
Interior Design - Studio Gorman
Photographer – Prue Ruscoe
Editorial Styling – Claire Delmar