Tom Mark Henry (TMH) have unveiled a layered, textural and punchy scheme for their latest residential project – 188 square metre interior of a free-standing home in Wahroonga, a leafy suburb in Sydney’s Upper North Shore.
Drawing upon the site’s architectural period and surrounding bushland, Wahroonga House is the studio’s contemporary interpretation of mid-century modern design. The scheme further references the warmth and playfulness of Palm Springs balanced with a laid-back sense of elegance and sophistication.
Evoking a connection to Rose Seidler Hose – Harry Seidler’s famed 1950s home designed by the architect for his mother, the sinuous connection from the exterior to interior induces an earthy feel balanced by the site’s laidback Australian modernist architecture. Extensive use of curves and soft edges further promotes a sense of visual flow and ease.
The surrounding bushland governed the selection of interior materials and finishes. TMH employ rich, golden brown mosaic hues and deep forest green for the kitchen cabinetry – the rich palette complements the site’s natural bushland setting abundant in flora and fauna, delivering a unified space from the inside out.
The terracotta flooring experienced in the main living quarters is carried into the private spaces of the home, providing a continuous experience underfoot. Rattan joinery accents further connect public and private areas of the home.
Tiled surfaces throughout, terrazzo floors and countertops in the bathrooms, spherical wall lights and an arched amber rippled glass door bring moments of joy and playfulness to the design. It is the use of colour and texture which provides a cohesive connection throughout the Wahroonga House, delivering a laidback and sophisticated refuge.