Elissa House by Templeton Architecture

  • At est, we’re all for leaving the best till last — or rather, at the rear. For Templeton Architecture, this motto informed the reinvention of an eighties family home, characterised by grand geometric forms. From back to front, Templeton Architecture have celebrated iconic volumes and internal flow with a wall of glass you’re unlikely to forget.

    DESIGN Templeton Architecture | PHOTOGRAPHY Sharyn Cairns and Duncan Jacob

    Templeton Architecture emerged on the local design scene in 2004, as a design-focused practice working towards bespoke residential housing. Headed by studio director Emma Templeton, the firm of four prides itself on timeless restraint and refinement — an approach that surfaces in the elegant names of their projects.

    The Elissa Home was reformed on bold expectations; to become the ‘forever home’ for a family of six. The current layout of the 1980s build was unable to meet this brief at its current size, so was marginally extended. But this wasn’t highest on the agenda for Templeton Architecture, who chose to concentrate on the relationship and ambiance of each space, improving connections between rooms. A game changer in this process was the grand opening: the floor-to-ceiling void that looks out onto the backyard and over the pool. Inside, the natural light plummets from all angles, forming a delightful place to gather and bask in the sun on custom window seats. All within the original framework of the house, Templeton said the space created by the void ‘became the central focus of the house’ — and we’re certainly inclined to agree.

    To accentuate the proportions of the home, the interior plays host to a collection of artful pendant lighting. The eminent lighting works with the scale and shapes of the interior, for a streamlined shared space. Keeping the growing family front of mind, custom cabinetry means there is no excuse for homework, with plenty of places to pull up a Wishbone chair and get some work done. The bathroom is layered by marble and white textured tiles, cleverly host to a bed of natural light, without compromising on privacy. Entering the bedroom, the artwork serves as the point of reference of Banksia-pink bedlinen and a sumptuous dusty pink Redondo armchair. Striking experimentation with colour — namely that teal and mustard combination — executed in both the private and public spaces, on a bed of warm neutral hues.

    The Templeton team has worked architectural magic for one lucky family, elevating an existing home from lacklustre to light-filled. The Elissa House now lives up to the sophistication its name assumes.

    ‘The result is a beautifully appointed, harmonious family home that is practical and joyful to live in.’

    Templeton Architecture


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