The sea is a vital part of Australia’s heritage and culture, and with such a vast coastline, the draw of the sea is inescapable for most Australians.
The owners of this coastal property approached Gremmo Homes with a desire to create a sophisticated dwelling which celebrates the magnificent ocean position at Greenhills Beach in southern Sydney.
The chosen aesthetic for the clients was one of honest material clarity and expression, allowing for fundamental rawness within the selected materials of glass, stone and natural timber. Contemporary styling complements the raw texture of the finishes and brings a casual purity to the home.
The facade of the home, dubbed Greenhills Escape, encompasses a pair of rectilinear volumes stacked atop one another, giving the home a distinctive identity — one that speaks of true contemporary design. Internally, the home offers naturally illuminated spaces that provide functionality and carefully considered zoning.
Inside, it offers an introspective aspect and is a welcoming home to an adult family of three. Incorporating the use of open spaces by using full-height glazing and an entrance that demands visual continuity from the front door through to the back fence, Greenhills Escape is a carefully considered dwelling with choreographed lines and dimensions. With several volumes and heights, the orientation allows for an abundance of natural light to fill the main living areas and a continuous flow of form between zones.
Clutter-free and seemingly spare, the joinery is warm and inviting thanks to the use of tactile finishes. The monumental island defining the gourmet kitchen responds directly to the clients’ brief for a highly contemporary living experience. The butler’s pantry provides an abundance of concealed state-of-the-art appliances while beautiful craftsmanship delivers a jewel-like interior.
On the first floor you will find spacious sleeping quarters, dedicated and completely private bathrooms, and a master suite which opens itself to an outdoor terrace overlooking the South Pacific Ocean.
The second floor is a luxury haven which was designed for entertaining and celebrating. A wealth of glazing installed on all sides rejoices in the premium ocean views. Every detail has been well-considered, including integrated appliances, seamless joinery and wine storage.
Designing and building by the sea can present many challenges. For Greenhills Escape, this included a difficult building site, high winds, sea-salt spray, and ensuring privacy while enhancing the 360-degree view. Gremmo Homes incorporated a thoughtful and articulated design to avoid immense walls and address the issue of wind loads.
Greenhills Escape is a true celebration and representation of the clients’ personalities and desire to create a truly sophisticated home where family could entertain with loved ones in a flexible, innovative space.
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