There’s more than a hint of Palm Springs about this single-storey house in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. With its low profile and white breeze-block facade attended by swaying palm trees it is a modernist dream. Designed by Harry Seidler in 1957 the current owner bought it in 2015 with the intention of preserving and rejuvenating the characterful property.
She consulted heritage project manager Dean Bialek of Former Glory Inc. and he in turn approached Jonathan Richards, director of architecture and design firm Richards Stanisich.
When Jonathan first inspected the house, it was to find that scarcely any original features remained internally. “The interiors had been modified over time,” he says. “We could get a good sense of the original but some mediocre renovations over the past 50 years had made an impact.” But, spurred on by the client’s absolute passion for all things mid-century modern, Jonathan was able to cleverly reinstate the mood and aspects of the period while reimagining the house for present-day living.
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