Martello Tower Home / Luigi Rosselli Architects

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Martello Tower Home / Luigi Rosselli Architects
Martello Tower Home / Luigi Rosselli Architects
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Situated on the highest point of a ridge overlooking Sydney’s Middle Harbour is a solid, 3 storey brick house built during the between the late 1950s and early 1960s, which has been complemented by contemporary additions bearing all the signature hallmarks of Luigi Rosselli Architecture: the sandstone base, the whitewashed walls, and the aerofoil vertical louvres placed next to “log-cabin” exterior wall cladding.

Martello Tower Home / Luigi Rosselli Architects
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Martello Tower Home / Luigi Rosselli Architects
© Edward Birch

The front of the house features another Luigi Rosselli Architects key element – a lightwell containing an elliptical stair – framed by the sandstone Martello Tower* entry porch that, in its “partially ruined” state, opens up to the horizontal whitewashed concrete beams and roof lines that complete the new street elevation.

Martello Tower Home / Luigi Rosselli Architects
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Gentle alterations to the existing house have left ninety-five percent of the original structure standing including the 1950s sandstone fireplace in the lounge, while the additions to the front of the house and the new lower ground floor level at the back have enlivened its somewhat bland appearance.

Martello Tower Home / Luigi Rosselli Architects
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Internally, the interiors created by Romaine Alwill incorporated the client’s favourite Mediterranean Blue colour into a timeless palette to create a comfortable and luminous family home that is ready to survive another 50 years.

Martello Tower Home / Luigi Rosselli Architects
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*Sometimes known simply as Martellos, Martello Towers are small defensive forts that were built across the British Empire during the 19th century, from the time of the French Revolutionary Wars onwards. Most were coastal forts.

Project Details:

Location: Clontarf, NSW, Australia
Architects: Luigi Rosselli Architects www.luigirosselli.com
Design Architect: Luigi Rosselli
Project Architect: Simon Hassall
Interior Designer: Romaine Alwill, Alwill Interiors
Photographs: Edward Birch

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