Virginia Kerridge cleverly intuits a building’s character then deftly aligns it with its surrounds.
I THOUGHT I KNEW the work of Virginia Kerridge until I discovered how many more strings she has to her bow than her finely crafted bespoke residences. I had visited House in Country NSW in the Upper Hunter, and saw up close how she managed a limited palette of ironbark, rammed earth walls and concrete; how she engaged with the site of parallel mountains, and retained the heritage bushman’s stone cottage making it a pivotal point in the plan. The detailing is seamless, the views serene and the house is positioned for the optimum management of light and air.
All this I knew of the practice but there is more. Two very different projects have come her way recently. One was the refurbishment of Halcyon House, in northern NSW, a classic 1970s motel that has been redesigned as a luxury boutique hotel. Virginia admits she thought it was a joke when she was called for the job but the client had previously bought one of her houses and loved how their life unfolded in that space.
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DAYS OF HEAVEN
A new build in the Adelaide Hills presents the opportunity to create an interior befitting the home’s glorious surrounds.
CHERRY ON TOP
Set against neutral tones, the final flourish on this newly renovated heritage home in Melbourne is a bright pop of powerfully accented red.
Two in one has a special significance for this home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. One of a pair by the same practice, it also has both public and private personas.
An elevated platform in the warehouse office of Studio Prineas creates a dedicated zone for staff to congregate and collaborate.
Embraced by its bushy hinterland habitat, a newly built family home radiates an aura of peace and harmony.
An elegant layering of lush patterns, rich colours and bespoke pieces has enveloped this home in warmth and created a welcoming ambience for a large extended family.
This lofty retreat presented fertile potential but also posed some tricky challenges for its enterprising designer.
Contemporary artwork and new openings have lightened the mood at this renovated 1930s family home in Melbourne.
With a look of maturity that belies its youth, an additional wing to a humble cottage, plus inspired makeovers inside and out, have transported this property to another realm.
WHITER SHADE of PALE
A neutral palette promotes a calm and elegant mood in this expansive Sydney home that is furnished with a judicious selection of antiques juxtaposed against contemporary art.
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