Atelier Andy Carson finishes coastal home in Sydney with stone and bronze

Exterior image of the facade of Matopos

A curved bronze facade sits atop a sandstone podium at this home renovation in Sydney, Australia, designed by local architecture studio Atelier Andy Carson.

Called Matopos, the home designed for the gallerist Judith Neilson involved a complete overhaul of an existing structure on the 178-square-metre corner plot, which overlooks a beach in the Sydney suburb of Freshwater.

Exterior image of the facade of Matopos from street level
Matopos is a home in Sydney designed for gallerist Judith Neilson. Photo by Martin Mischkulnig

In order to better connect the home’s interiors with the surrounding landscape, its new upper storey features a series of deep window reveals, creating a large window box in the bedroom looking out across the beach and sea.

“The existing building didn’t celebrate its relationship with its breathtaking surroundings… we sought to open the interiors to very focused views and create a material palette that spoke to its location,” said the studio.

“Thoughtfully placed windows frame vistas of the sea, while polished plaster interior walls reflect views of the blue and yellow hues of ocean and sand back into the home.”

Detail image of the textural facade at Matopos
It has a bronze and sandstone exterior

The material palette of the exterior was informed by a nearby statue of Duke Kahanamoku – a Hawaiian who popularised surfing in Australia in the early 20th century – made of bronze atop a stone base.

Matopos’ sandstone base creates a buffer between the home and the street, providing space for a garage and planters wrapping a more intimate lounge space on the lower ground floor.

Interior image of the kitchen at Matopos
Monolithic materials were carried through to the interior

Above, the ground floor is wrapped by thin grey bricks and contains a single large living, dining and kitchen area which opens onto a courtyard raised atop the stone base through sliding glass doors.

On the bronze-clad first floor, three bedrooms are arranged along the gently curving northeastern edge of the home, giving each a view out towards the sea.

While the exterior celebrates material contrasts, the interiors have been designed as a minimal backdrop to the client’s furniture and art collection.

Areas of white polished plaster on the walls have been designed to reflect the sky and sea, and marble has been used to finish the bathrooms and kitchen countertops.

Interior image of a bedroom with coastal views at Matopos
While polished plaster covers the walls of the interior

“The details are intensely restrained, orchestrated as such to provide a sanctuary away from the city for the owner,” said the practice.

“In all its simplicity, the home is not devoid of playfulness. The lower level comes complete with its own Tapestry Room, which welcomes visitors with three large-scale woven artworks and a lightbox-like treatment to the ceiling,” it continued.

Interior image of a stone bathroom at the Sydney home
The home’s interior has a minimal finish

Andy Carson founded Atelier Andy Carson in Sydney in 2015. Previous projects by the practice included a home for the family Judith Nielson’s daughter on a farmland site, with a cantilevering upper floor looking out to sea.

Elsewhere in Sydney, Australian architecture studio Amber Road and Lymesmith overhauled a 1960s home and added vivid features and joyful colours.

The photography is by Felix Forest unless stated otherwise.

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