When architects, Jeremy Bull and Charlene Cong, of architecture and interior design firm Alexander & Co were asked to renovate Iluka House, an existing holiday villa on 537 square meters of waterfront property on Palm Beach, Sydney. Architects Alexander & Co had two directives to go by: open up the house to the exterior, and approach the design with a “traditional European vernacular,” and give it a handmade, bespoke quality.
Natural materials tie the three spaces together starting with the flooring: with the dark, herringbone timber floors in the living/dining space morphing into white Carrara in the kitchen, which is also the material used for the center island and the backsplash behind the stove and counter. The Carrara marble-topped, dark walnut wood bench is a design element that combines the two materials together, while the light wood ceiling “reflects” the large dining table in both tone and materiality.
Upstairs, the same subdued palette of warm earth tones – contrast with minimal, white furniture and touches of black metal keeping it minimal and fresh.
Photo by Felix Forest