Woolwich Residence, Sydney
This renovated sandstone 1880’s estate with its adjoining contemporary steel-framed pavilion embraces its immediate natural surrounds via the tones and textures of its internal material palette.
Old and new are connected by a delicate glass walkway leading to the pavilion’s informal living area that opens freely to the garden, pool and external lounge area. Yet it’s the extensive inclusion of Élan’s exquisitely detailed joinery within every room utilising an array of exotic woods that link the spaces with a robust spirit. Smoked Oak mingles with darker Black American Walnut and blended European veneers to sculpt an entire kitchen, cellar and the master suite walk-in wardrobe. Soaring steel-framed solid timber doors plus custom shelving units and dining tables demarcate individual zones with their elegant strength, whilst the linear geometries of the pavilion’s timber-slatted ceiling draw the eye out towards harbour views.
Élan’s inclusion of metallic embellishments adds shimmering focal points to the neutral materials – from the living room’s fireplace clad in bronze sheeting to the brackets supporting the kitchen’s suspended cabinets. Doors are intricately personalised with custom steel blade handles entwined in leather akin to a polo mallet’s grip (acknowledging the owners’ penchant for the sport), whilst hand-crafted shelving in the formal lounge area is back-plated with reflective bronze, showcasing artefacts nestled within its nooks. Concealed downlights bathe them in a golden aura whilst highlighting the craftsmanship of the hand-applied oil and beeswax finishes of their enclosures.
The master bedroom signals softer, more cosseting comforts. A timber wall frames the bed in a cocooning embrace whilst a recessed custom-welded aluminum shelf concealing track lighting hovers beside the en suite’s bath tub, offering bathing accoutrements at arms reach. As with all the bathrooms, marble vanities crown hand-stained blended veneer cabinets that floats above the floor, granting the illusion of additional space.