Orama Residence in Sydney’s Woollahra by Smart Design Studio | Yellowtrace

Orama Residence in Sydney’s Woollahra by Smart Design Studio | Yellowtrace

Orama Residence in Sydney’s Woollahra by Smart Design Studio | Yellowtrace

Orama Residence in Sydney’s Woollahra by Smart Design Studio | Yellowtrace

Orama Residence in Sydney’s Woollahra by Smart Design Studio | Yellowtrace

 

The transformation of ‘Orama’, a gracious Victorian villa in Sydney’s Woollahra, involved the renovation and extension of an historic house. Smart Design Studio‘s brief was to enhance and expand the building to create a deeply comfortable family home, and make a setting for the client’s incredible art collection. This project has two distinct halves, requiring distinct yet complementary approaches: the renovation of an historic villa, and the construction of a new concrete and glass pavilion beyond.

The new wing matches the grace and substance of the original house, but in a modern way. Where the old building is rich in detail, the new is pristine and simple. The striking double-height concrete walls, when animated by sunlight, furnish the rooms with little need of embellishment. The concrete walls and floors extend out into the garden, making the landscape seem part of the decor. The materials palette of concrete, glass, dark steel, and zinc beautifully complements the chic black-and-white scheme applied to the old house.

 

Orama Residence in Sydney’s Woollahra by Smart Design Studio | Yellowtrace

Orama Residence in Sydney’s Woollahra by Smart Design Studio | Yellowtrace

Orama Residence in Sydney’s Woollahra by Smart Design Studio | Yellowtrace

Orama Residence in Sydney’s Woollahra by Smart Design Studio | Yellowtrace

Orama Residence in Sydney’s Woollahra by Smart Design Studio | Yellowtrace

Orama Residence in Sydney’s Woollahra by Smart Design Studio | Yellowtrace

 

The renovation of the villa responds to its existing architectural quality. Luxurious in space and detail, the design concept aimed to update the rooms with sensitively-chosen fittings and fixtures. Beautiful original elements – notably fireplaces and early paint schemes – were retained. Deft modern interventions into the old fabric – joinery and lighting – make the house crisp, trim, and tailored. “We worked very closely with the artisans who build the components of project in which its beauty lies. Historic ceilings in the old villa were carefully restored by a specialist in decorative finishes,” explain the architects.

New joinery has been detailed and built to exacting standards. Floating stone slabs and mirrors in the bathrooms conceal abundant storage spaces, combining practicality and luxury. The completed building reinvigorates a formerly dilapidated piece of Woollahra’s historic streetscape, and sets a benchmark for quality of construction applied to the renovation of historic homes. Separated by a century and a half, the two parts of ‘Orama’ stand as beautiful expositions of the best construction standards of their day.

 

 


[Images courtesy of Smart Design Studio.]

 

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2 Responses

  1. Sewniptuck

    OMG, I walk past this house all the time and only the other day was remarking to my son that I’d just love to look inside. Thank you, thank you, Yellowtrace.

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