Stonnington House illustrates the way in which the practice embraces a clear client brief. This exemplary house is the third consecutive build for a Belgian family who wanted their home in Australia to resonant with European references.
The process of research drew on the practice’s fascination with ancient architectural principles and examined how order, structure, geometry and hierarchy play out in contemporary life.
This is a building of finely tuned proportion where the scale is carefully managed to impart both grandeur and intimacy, the relationship to the outdoor space is maintained and the balance of open-plan versus ‘rooms’ finds equilibrium.
Central to the success of the project is the level of craftsmanship deployed throughout the building. Drawing together a team that included the skills of Portuguese stonemasons, Italian renderers and British cabinet-makers, the bespoke finishes speak to the attention to detail. The very best imported tiles, mantelpieces, timbers, fabrics and fittings were sourced to ensure the authenticity of every surface and every touch point.