16 November 2020
The Spanish Queen house consisted of a complete restoration, renovation and addition to a 1920’s Spanish mission home. Inspired by the heady era of the 1920’s, a rich layering of textures and patinas transverse throughout the renovation to reveal a steel and glass atrium addition, which infuses the living areas with southern light throughout the day.
The client brief was for a personalised, elegant and robust home for a young family of six who love to entertain. From the outset, a luxurious and bold palette was encouraged. Referencing the home’s original 1920’s features such as the arched relief detailing in the ceilings, the studio mirrored these forms to create a dramatic steel arched doorway.
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Kathryn Robson & Chris Rak
Photo by Felix Forest
The palette is one of old world luxury and tarnish. A cocktail of textured and robust materials were used; silver grey
limestone floors, travertine bench tops, tarnished silver light fittings and veneers help to evoke the splendour of the period but also assist in handling the hard knocks of family life. A new kitchen and family living room were created to the rear of the property with a steel and glass atrium bathing that entire area with light; within this atrium steel doors bi-fold out for the ultimate indoor/outdoor entertainment space.
A mix of new and vintage furniture was sourced to achieve a more layered and legitimate aesthetic rather than specification of all new furniture. The complete restoration/refurbishment of the house has corrected all of the shortcomings of a building built in the 1920’s ie; double glazed doors + windows, smart wiring and insulation bringing the home into the 21st century.
We’ve successfully created the ultimate social family home with zones and strategic materiality to allow for the various realities of children and adult fun to co-exist under the one roof. A home which caters for the needs and desires of all who reside there.