Rose Park Residence II by Williams Burton Leopardi

  • Adelaide-based design firm Williams Burton Leopardi explore light and scale in their transformation of a 1910 sandstone villa in Rose Park, South Australia.

    Rose Park Residence II by Adelaide architecture and interior design studio Williams Burton Leopardi balances light and dark throughout by exploring the relationship between indoors and outdoors. Levelling up to the challenge of a south-facing house, Williams Burton Leopardi have undertaken a refined and minimalist approach to redesigning the villa, introducing a light-filled rear pavilion and series of courtyards. Through a gentle harmony of old and new, Williams Burton Leopardi have restored this century-old home to its former glory.

    Designed for a client accustomed to living in a large house with an expansive garden, directors David Burton and Sophie Leopardi found bringing a similar sense of space and light to a much smaller, south-facing block a considerable challenge. Combating this, a pavilion-like structure was essentially ‘pulled off’ the back of the existing cottage, allowing for a courtyard between both builds to capture natural light, provide an alternate entrance and garden views for the bedroom. This new pavilion is linked to the old house through an exposed beam ceiling that extends out to form a pergola over the garden and outdoor dining and entertaining area.

    The open plan kitchen, living and dining area occupy this light-filled pavilion, keeping the private areas contained at the front of the home. Black steel frame doors invite a fluid relationship with the patio and courtyard – and a once-unimaginable sense of light in the kitchen.

    While colours are pared back and restrained, materials are tactile, textural and visually appealing. A tonal spectrum of cool greys, black, white, and marble is punctuated by rich walnut timber and ceramic accents in each space. Limestone and terrazzo floors subtly distinguish each space in the new pavilion, contrasting the washed timber flooring in the original home. In the bathrooms, contemporary fluted steel frame glass and freestanding fixtures lend the space an elegant atmosphere. 

    Williams Burton Leopardi’s Rose Park Residence II compensates for its orientation through clever intervention. The design team have injected a sense of timelessness through the calm and sophisticated interiors to extend the narrative of the home for another 100 years.

    In the bathroom, contemporary fluted steel frame glass and the Gareth Ashton Byron Gloss ClearStone Bath lend the design a relaxed and refreshing ambience.

One Response

  1. Absolutely beautiful, well done to all involved.
    Love the Butler’s Pantry, … ‘damn-it Jeves, where the hell are my kippers’ haha…

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