Overlooking the harbour of northern Sydney and backing onto the National Park, this three-storey home has the welcoming nature of a family home with the tropical style of an island retreat.
For Hugh-Jones Mackintosh co-director Justine Hugh-Jones, the design studio embarked on a non-conventional approach to the interiors. “There’s nothing predictable here, with the exterior giving little away of what lies inside, yet, paradoxically perhaps, the interiors and location are in perfect harmony,” Justine says. Hugh-Jones Mackintosh sourced design inspiration from different corners of the globe for the three-level home, from the Brazilian subtropical layout, the Moroccan-inspired material palette to Fortuny fabric inspired by the islands of Venice. The interior spaces are filled with jewel-box like colours, offsetting the Brutalist concrete and matt black details.
Hugh-Jones Mackintosh, alongside stylist Steve Cordony, developed a bold and unexpected material approach. The contemplated placement of rugs, lights and furniture delineates zones and creates an opportunity for both quiet and conversational occasions.
“This house presents a non-conventional approach to decorating, while also offering a fresh approach to Sydney harbourside living. There’s nothing predictable here, with the exterior giving little away of what lies inside, yet, paradoxically perhaps, the interiors and location are in perfect harmony.”
– Justine Hugh-Jones
Hugh-Jones Mackintosh have taken full advantage of the generous outdoor living area. The home opens up to an outdoor courtyard and pool to enjoy the harbourside location, with an upper-level concrete balcony to further soak up the tropical and native garden setting.