A Queen Anne style residence reveals its hidden character and history in the late night lights. Two crisp zinc roof gables, observing the shadows on the narrow footpath, guard the new entry door.

The early 1900s bricks, shingles and Elizabethan windows have been a theatre for three generations of the same family. They have a history to reveal that cannot be found in a new building.

Following a failed total rebuild design by a different architect, Luigi Rosselli Architects opted for a more subtle “tummy tuck” and clean up of the original house. Some of the 70s and 80s additions were removed, and the original house restored and enhanced. The only addition was of an infill of the front courtyard set between the two gables. This addition houses the new entry and stairwell, much more dignified than the old sunken and squeezed side entry porch. The old Queen Anne now has a new hearth, a three storey atrium with a Piranesi inspired stair winding and unwinding from the lower living room level to the upper attic. The stair is 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. The street entry is half way between the ground floor living level and the first bedroom floor.

Double Bay and Sydney Harbour are the backdrop to this venerable residence, being perched on a spectacular rock outcrop ensures that the bay is visible from all the windows. The new steel windows on the bay side of the house are shaded by a new balcony and roof structure with generous eaves and simple balustrades.

Will Dangar’s landscaping has introduced softness to a barren backyard with the creation of a terraced garden and the addition of an ancient olive tree and tall palms. Stephanie Conley’s flair for design has lent the interiors an elegant and cosmopolitan air, executed with meticulous attention to detail by Associate Architect, Simon Hassall.

This house is now set to become a durable residence for hopefully many more generations, and its twin peaks will keep observing the shadows on the narrow footpath.

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Elizabethan leadlight windows are guarding the new entry.  Alternate sandstone courses to the front wall rise to the vaulted zinc roof awning over the door.  The same new sandstone wall continues to the garage door on the far left.  The only additions here are the entry roof and the stone wall.  Photo  of Twin Peaks modern homeView Photos

Elizabethan leadlight windows are guarding the new entry. Alternate sandstone courses to the front wall rise to the vaulted zinc roof awning over the door. The same new sandstone wall continues to the garage door on the far left. The only additions here are the entry roof and the stone wall.

The joyful interiors of Stephanie Conley have scoured the world for elegant furniture and artworks.  Photo 2 of Twin Peaks modern homeView Photos

The joyful interiors of Stephanie Conley have scoured the world for elegant furniture and artworks.

Intertwining the old and the new the main theme of this renovation to achieve continuity and a coherent unison.  Photo 3 of Twin Peaks modern homeView Photos

Intertwining the old and the new the main theme of this renovation to achieve continuity and a coherent unison.

Sydney Joinery installed the Cellar Rack wine storage system.  Some red was added to this black and white colour scheme.  Photo 4 of Twin Peaks modern homeView Photos

Sydney Joinery installed the Cellar Rack wine storage system. Some red was added to this black and white colour scheme.

Ribbed glass in steel doors lets the light into the kitchen pantry.  The Carrara marble of the benchtop is a timeless material.  Photo 5 of Twin Peaks modern homeView Photos

Ribbed glass in steel doors lets the light into the kitchen pantry. The Carrara marble of the benchtop is a timeless material.

Coco Chanel and Elizabeth Taylor bookend this bay window, and they could have sat comfortably together in this “Swedish Blue” nook.  Photo 6 of Twin Peaks modern homeView Photos

Coco Chanel and Elizabeth Taylor bookend this bay window, and they could have sat comfortably together in this “Swedish Blue” nook.

Frank Sinatra in black and white strolls towards the grand piano.  Photo 7 of Twin Peaks modern homeView Photos

Frank Sinatra in black and white strolls towards the grand piano.

The All Metal Products supplied fine steel windows.  The challenge for the builder was to match the curve of the existing archway to the window frames, manufactured in Italy.  Photo 8 of Twin Peaks modern homeView Photos

The All Metal Products supplied fine steel windows. The challenge for the builder was to match the curve of the existing archway to the window frames, manufactured in Italy.

This unusual window was inserted into the pre-existing shape of the gable and a generous attic room was reclaimed from the vast roof space. Photo 9 of Twin Peaks modern homeView Photos

This unusual window was inserted into the pre-existing shape of the gable and a generous attic room was reclaimed from the vast roof space.

Double Bay, with Point Piper on the opposite shore.  On the right one can discern the Woollahra Council offices, the only council offices in Sydney to have its own beach. Photo 10 of Twin Peaks modern homeView Photos

Double Bay, with Point Piper on the opposite shore. On the right one can discern the Woollahra Council offices, the only council offices in Sydney to have its own beach.

Fred & Ginger pencil lines are dancing with the Double Bay backdrop.  The stone floor is a dense Spanish sandstone. Photo 11 of Twin Peaks modern homeView Photos

Fred & Ginger pencil lines are dancing with the Double Bay backdrop. The stone floor is a dense Spanish sandstone.

Masterfully built by GNC Constructions, this stair is a “tour de force”. Photo 12 of Twin Peaks modern homeView Photos

Masterfully built by GNC Constructions, this stair is a “tour de force”.

Plain steel windows and steel reinforced eaves differentiate the more recent wing from the original Queen Anne house.  Natural white and charcoal black colours are a neutral backdrop for Bougainvillea and the blue of Sydney Harbour.  Photo 13 of Twin Peaks modern homeView Photos

Plain steel windows and steel reinforced eaves differentiate the more recent wing from the original Queen Anne house. Natural white and charcoal black colours are a neutral backdrop for Bougainvillea and the blue of Sydney Harbour.

Through this archway the stair pierces the old courtyard wall and enters the attic space. Photo 14 of Twin Peaks modern homeView Photos

Through this archway the stair pierces the old courtyard wall and enters the attic space.

The stair rises from the entry to the bedroom level and winds up to the attic.  The simple black steel balustrade design was embellished to satisfy the required feminine touch.  Photo 15 of Twin Peaks modern homeView Photos

The stair rises from the entry to the bedroom level and winds up to the attic. The simple black steel balustrade design was embellished to satisfy the required feminine touch.

A small archway leads to the laundry and cellar. Photo 16 of Twin Peaks modern homeView Photos

A small archway leads to the laundry and cellar.

Absorbing landings and changes of direction, the balustrade was carefully designed to provide a continuous flowing line.  Photo 17 of Twin Peaks modern homeView Photos

Absorbing landings and changes of direction, the balustrade was carefully designed to provide a continuous flowing line.

The stair atrium was achieved by infilling a courtyard.  The atrium links the lower ground floor living spaces to the first floor bedrooms and the attic level. Veiled behind the terracotta half pipe screens is the hallway running between the bedrooms.  Photo 18 of Twin Peaks modern homeView Photos

The stair atrium was achieved by infilling a courtyard. The atrium links the lower ground floor living spaces to the first floor bedrooms and the attic level. Veiled behind the terracotta half pipe screens is the hallway running between the bedrooms.

On the opposite side, the house tumbles down on the steep topography.  A 1980s wing has been transformed with fluid eaves and new balconies.  The pre-existing 1970s swimming pool contributes to the eclectic architectural landscape.  Photo 19 of Twin Peaks modern homeView Photos

On the opposite side, the house tumbles down on the steep topography. A 1980s wing has been transformed with fluid eaves and new balconies. The pre-existing 1970s swimming pool contributes to the eclectic architectural landscape.

Elizabethan leadlight windows are guarding the new entry.  Alternate sandstone courses to the front wall rise to the vaulted zinc roof awning over the door.  The same new sandstone wall continues to the garage door on the far left.  The only additions here are the entry roof and the stone wall.  Photo 20 of Twin Peaks modern homeView Photos

Elizabethan leadlight windows are guarding the new entry. Alternate sandstone courses to the front wall rise to the vaulted zinc roof awning over the door. The same new sandstone wall continues to the garage door on the far left. The only additions here are the entry roof and the stone wall.

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