A simple infill between two zinc gables masks the enormity of this Luigi Rosselli alteration and addition at Double Bay in Sydney, aptly named ‘Twin Peaks’.
The infill replaces a front courtyard, and houses the home’s new entry and stairwell which the architects note is a significant upgrade from the old sunken and squeezed side entry porch.
Luigi Rosselli were called upon following a failed total rebuild design by a different architect and instead chose a more subtle “tummy tuck” of the Queen Anne style residence.
The only addition is the new roof which covers a three-storey atrium with a Piranesi inspired staircase which winds and unwinds from the lower living room level to the upper attic.
The rest of the original house has been restored and enhanced, including its early 1900s bricks, shingles and Elizabethan windows which have been a theatre for three generations of the same family.
Interior designer Stephanie Conley lent a hand for the home’s new fitout while Will Danger Associates provided landscaping services.
The architects note that the house is now set to become a durable residence for hopefully many more generations.
Two zinc roof gables hide the interior of Luigi Rosselli’s subtle “tummy tuck” of a Queen Anne style residence
Twin Peaks is entered at street level, which is between the ground floor living level and the first bedroom floor
The stairs are surrounded by the brick walls of what was once the courtyard, and the openings have been veiled by terracotta screens made of half round pipes, stacked in a fish scale pattern
Perched on a rock outcrop, the home’s views of Double Bay and Sydney Harbour are visible from all windows
The new steel windows from All Steel Windows on the bay side of the house are shaded by a new balcony and roof structure with generous eaves and simple balustrades
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