A New Wave – Bronte Residence by Studio George and Mary Ellen Hudson Architects
Bronte, NSW, Australia
Redefining the typified coastal vernacular, Bronte Residence carves its own aesthetic and palette of eclectic hues that respond to its architectural form. Studio George and Mary Ellen Hudson Architects engage with the home’s natural curves and generous volumes and express an individual identity for its owners.
Defying its coastal location, Bronte Residence takes on a less typified aesthetic approach in favour of a home of eclectic tonality and texture. Responding both to its owners’ individual stylisation and the sense of place they ideally envisioned creating, the resulting home is also a response to its architectural form. Mary Ellen Hudson Architects and Studio George combine forces to conjure a home of its own making, taking inspiration from its contextual setting and injecting subtle curved elements in both the architectural and the interior design response. The efforts are deliberately experienced at both the macro and micro levels, offering a natural hierarchy of interpretations within the many spaces that comprise the home.
Throughout, a base palette of neutral tones weaves in and out of the varying spaces and levels, upward through the curved sculptural staircase and connecting the home through a muted calm.
Built by Kilbril Building, together with styling by Atelier Lab, Bronte Residence balances curved elements and the more traditional and expected linear proportions. Acting as the main gathering space, the kitchen, living and dining space opens up into a double-storey volume, opening then into the curated rear courtyard of interesting sculptural pieces that dot the space. The area is seen as embodying the main gravitational pull within the inner workings of the home, as a space to congregate, nurture, entertain and socialise together as a family and with occasional visitors. The oversized statement island bench is symbolic of this role and gestures an interaction with the space, while also anchoring it as a spine of sorts.
Spread across its three levels, the casual and informal natural of the spatial planning reflects a proximity to the ocean and is consequently reinterpreted in its own way. Throughout, a base palette of neutral tones weaves in and out of the varying spaces and levels, upward through the curved sculptural staircase and connecting the home through a muted calm. Eclectic items of personality then populate the spaces, bringing in colour, form and elements of curiosity as furniture, artwork and objects become a reflection of its owners and propose a differing sense of individuality to the journey through the home.
Studio George and Mary Ellen Hudson Architects have proposed a unique home that combines the traditional with the contemporary and that embodies a deep connection to its owners.
Bronte Residence responds to its location in its own way, and through an overall cohesion brings each of its inhabitants’ personalities together effortlessly under the same sweeping roof. Studio George and Mary Ellen Hudson Architects have proposed a unique home that combines the traditional with the contemporary and that embodies a deep connection to its owners.