Tom Mark Henry 17 Windsor Street

  • Pou Auaha / Creative Director
    Cushla McFadden
  • Ringatoi Matua / Design Director
    Cushla McFadden
  • Ngā Kaimahi / Team Members
    Emma Say, Carla Matias, Jed Murphy
  • Kaitautoko / Contributors
    CBD Remedial Construction, Original Kitchens, Fisher & Paykel, Pablo Veiga (photography), Atelier Lab (editorial styling)

A 1970’s townhouse in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs has been transformed into a tranquil and spacious family home designed for entertaining, with a hint of a postmodern design aesthetic. Celebrating the original architecture of the building and spread across four split levels, the home designed for a family of five is bathed in light from the north-facing level rear courtyard. The central staircase with its open treads and glass balustrade allows light to travel between the upper and lower levels. A balance between functionality and aesthetics was key to the design, seeing the atypical terrace extended and the former cellar excavated to gain a fourth level to accommodate the needs of the clients. A pared-back and tonal use of colour is prevalent throughout, whilst contrasted by bold injections of rich navy and golden hues via furniture and art pieces as well as the walnut veneer and mustard toned marble bar, which recalls the 1970’s.

The brief was to design a home sympathetic to the idea of the family growing with the house. The classic yet contemporary material palette of timber, stone, rendered walls and v-groove ceilings has been paired with textured marbles and ribbed glass, has created a home with a timeless aesthetic. Due to the clients love for entertaining, the kitchen has been designed as the main social hub of the house, with an expansive Calacatta marble island and an abundance of storage. The tiled floor, full-height glazing and steel-framed doors unify the space with the tranquil and light drenched courtyard, enhancing the houses original spatial qualities of openness and connection whilst creating a versatile entertaining space.