Sometimes alterations and additions can amount to significant interventions to breathe new life into a building, occasionally they require only the lightest touch to reinvigorate an existing design, as was the case with this Sydney home, designed in classic modernist style by the architect George Reeves in 1963.

Overall our clients felt that the major elements of the layout of their home worked well, however the connections between the indoor and outdoor spaces were poor and the house was generally beginning to look its age, as such improving those connections and restoring and enhancing the home in line with the original architect’s intent were the main focus of this renovation.

Influences from the work of legendary Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer are evident throughout the house, and no more clearly can this be seen than in the voluptuous form of the concrete awning that covers the entry and provides the first impression one receives when approaching via the lushly planted drive. Once inside, those influences, and the broader design elements that anchor the home in the modernist era, continue in the form of carefully restored original features such as the single stringer and cantilevered switchback stair, and the sinuous curved ceiling bulkheads in the lounge, dining and kitchen spaces.

It is in these communal spaces where the light hand of the current renovation is most evident. Skylights were added, and walls and heavily framed windows were removed to make way for barely there floor to ceiling steel and glass windows, which can be fully opened to draw in fresh air and light and foster a strong sense of connection between the interior and exterior rooms. This connection is further enhanced by the restrained yet elegant colour and material palette – created by interior designer, Romaine Alwill – that allows the natural beauty of Will Dangar’s tropical and verdant landscape architecture to take centre stage.

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Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Flat RoofLine, and Stucco Siding Material. A light renovation connects this Sydney home with its lushly landscaped grounds. Photo 2 of Homage to Oscar - The Heritage of Modernism

A light renovation connects this Sydney home with its lushly landscaped grounds.

Modern home with Staircase, Metal Railing, and Concrete Tread. Photo 3 of Homage to Oscar - The Heritage of Modernism
Modern home with Outdoor, Planters Patio, Porch, Deck, Shrubs, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Grass, Front Yard, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, and Walkways. Photo 4 of Homage to Oscar - The Heritage of Modernism
Modern home with Outdoor, Front Yard, Shrubs, Trees, Grass, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Planters Patio, Porch, Deck, and Walkways. Photo 5 of Homage to Oscar - The Heritage of Modernism
Modern home with Outdoor, Side Yard, Planters Patio, Porch, Deck, Grass, Walkways, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, and Trees. Photo 6 of Homage to Oscar - The Heritage of Modernism
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Modern home with Outdoor, Swimming Pools, Tubs, Shower, Trees, Back Yard, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, Shrubs, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Walkways, Grass, Concrete Pools, Tubs, Shower, and Small Pools, Tubs, Shower. Photo 8 of Homage to Oscar - The Heritage of Modernism
Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Trees, Walkways, Small Pools, Tubs, Shower, Shrubs, Swimming Pools, Tubs, Shower, Concrete Pools, Tubs, Shower, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, and Grass. Photo 9 of Homage to Oscar - The Heritage of Modernism
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Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Trees, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, and Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck. This midcentury home was originally designed by George Reeves and updated by Luigi Rosselli Architects. In the backyard, Will Dangar's landscape design places the verdant, tropical scenery at center stage. Photo 11 of Homage to Oscar - The Heritage of Modernism

This midcentury home was originally designed by George Reeves and updated by Luigi Rosselli Architects. In the backyard, Will Dangar's landscape design places the verdant, tropical scenery at center stage.

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Trees, Shrubs, Grass, Swimming Pools, Tubs, Shower, Walkways, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, and Concrete Pools, Tubs, Shower. Photo 12 of Homage to Oscar - The Heritage of Modernism
Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Walkways, Grass, Shrubs, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, and Large Patio, Porch, Deck. Photo 13 of Homage to Oscar - The Heritage of Modernism
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Modern home with Outdoor, Grass, Back Yard, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, and Walkways. Photo 15 of Homage to Oscar - The Heritage of Modernism
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Modern home with Staircase and Metal Railing. Photo 17 of Homage to Oscar - The Heritage of Modernism
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Interior Design
  • Romaine Alwill
Landscape Design
  • Will Dangar
Photographer