Named after and centred around the century old heritage protected fig tree: Casa Figueira is a home nestled into its surroundings. Quietly secluded at the end of a cul-de-sac in the Sydney harbourside suburb of Rose Bay, the topography of the site eventuates to gun barrel views of the harbour and city beyond.
A highly complex design resolution and approvals process relied on a collaborative approach to bring the project to fruition. Working from the base of a planar curved form designed by Luigi Roselli Architects we focussed on tangibility, material and detail. As lead Architect, buckandsimple in company with Interior design team Atelier Alwill and landscape architects Dangar Barin Smith worked to hone the design and build processes. Integral to this unique build was a design-focussed client who placed trust in their design team to fulfil their brief and deliver a truly bespoke family home balancing poise and resilience.
We built from early brief concepts of a mid-century Brazilian aesthetic, seeking to define an open air living space framed by robust materials. From above, off-form board marked concrete ceilings offset a perpendicular mass of American Walnut joinery, framing and drawing the experience to the outside and surrounding cultivated landscape. Generous open plan living spaces are separated into functional nodes, folding around a central courtyard. The main pavilion is dominated by a solid one piece stainless steel kitchen work surface and monolithic timber block; a physical and cultural nexus. The opposing side ending in a focal sunken lounge consolidating a place to sit, relax, share.