Giving a brick dwelling from the 1970’s a brand new appeal Bijl Architecture transformed the in Mosman Australia into cheerful and inviting contemporary home filled with natural light. The task presented a unique set of challenges that went beyond mere aesthetics as the home was nestled on the edge of a national park and integrating it with the greenery outside was an essential part of the makeover. The original brick structure was left largely untouched on the outside with the new addition in gray on the top level adding visual contrast and a hint of modernity to the classic edifice.
Designed by SeARCH the overall form of Chalet Anzère was inspired by traditional chalet design and construction in this part of Switzerland. Unlike more contemporary and commercial structures with multiple gables the design of this magical modern home is far more ergonomic and suited to the local weather. A garage towards the back of the home offers entry into the fabulous abode with an elevator carved into the mountain connecting its three different levels.
The wood siding seems to meander through the various rooms of the house even as walnut cabinets in the living room and a wall of cabinets in the bedroom complement it brilliantly. The new kitchen and the dining room next to it offer ample space for hosting weekend parties and entertaining guests throughout the year with ease even as pops of yellow and orange bring brightness to the color palette in white.
With a stylish dining space and a fabulous modern coastal-style kitchen the living area is both easy on the eyes and practical in design. An outdoor deck and hangout extend the living room with the smart bedrooms and bathrooms also embracing the coastal charm.
A box-like rear extension is connected to the garden and deck outside using large sliding glass doors even as the private spaces sit cozily on the top level. Nifty storage units hidden cabinets and efficient wardrobes in the bedrooms complete an alteration that is both pleasing and practical.
Track lighting in black and Tom Dixon pendants in the same hue add to the dramatic appeal of the dining space with a beautifully-lit stairwell leading to the top floors. It is the rear of the house that completely opens up towards the large deck pool and spa zone outside thanks to the extensive use of glass walls and floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
Wooden slats and sliding glass doors allow the homeowners to shift between privacy and unabated views even as the outdoor living zone becomes an important part of the ‘lifestyle at Casa TM’. On the inside the color palette is predominantly neutral with bright artwork in blue bringing a hint of beachy charm!