Heritage Treasure Chest 
/ Luigi Rosselli Architects

Heritage treasure chest 
/ luigi rosselli architects

Opening up a Federation Queen Anne heritage listed residence is the dream of many home owners on Sydney’s North Shore.

The northern suburbs on the Sydney harbourside, from North Sydney to Mosman were rapidly developed in the first two decades of the 1900s, thanks to the new ferry services and expansion of public transport links.

Heritage treasure chest 
/ luigi rosselli architects
© Justin Alexander

This house possessed all the attributes a wealthy family would desire: turrets, large rooms, balconies and a generous garden, yet it was introverted and dark. By adding a wide sheltered veranda to the rear of the house, the kitchen and breakfast room can be opened up to the garden. The veranda can open completely to allow the homeowners to step out onto the lawn or to the pool area, bringing the outside inside and vice versa. Protection from the hot western sun can also be provided by closing the wooden shutters or tilting the blades.

Heritage treasure chest 
/ luigi rosselli architects
© Justin Alexander

While the front of the house is adorned by the original timber balconies, soft and attractive spaces, but seldom used, the family gravitate to the back of the house, in the newly reinvented veranda: unfolding the panels, easing the louvred roof, sliding open the massive glass doors, going bare foot and breathing in the garden scents.

The original Federation Queen Anne setting of the old house is a treasure trove of paintings, sculptures and books. Modern art thrives in the heritage laden spaces.

Project Details:
Location: North Sydney Council NSW, Australia
Architects: Luigi Rosselli Architects
Design Architect: Luigi Rosselli
Project Architects: Simon Hassall, Candace Christensen, Corrado Palleschi, Sean Johnson, Raffaello Rosselli
Landscape Architect: William Dangar for William Dangar & Associates
Photography: Justin Alexander

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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