What do Le Corbusier’s famous La Tourette monastery and this private home is Sydney have in common? The answer is in the light. Australian design studio Carterwilliamson Architects drew inspiration from the modernist masterpiece to convert a dark home in Sydney into a gorgeous light-filled residence. They introduced sculptured wooden roof forms similar to the" light cannons" of Corbusier's Dominical priory, blending modern urban living with late Modernist sculptural elements.
The clients commissioned the architects to renovate their existing home and bring more natural light into the artwork-filled interior. In order to solve the problem of the gloomy south-facing terrace, the architect introduced two tall sculpted roof forms with a low southern profile. The “light cannons” draw northern light into the interior, referencing the architecture of Le Corbusier’s La Tourette.
Besides the increased amount of natural light, the renovation introduced another 22 square meters (236 square feet) to the existing footprint, creating more functional spaces. The large area at the rear remained as the living space, while no new bedrooms were added.
The architects hollowed out the courtyard and enlarged the upstairs storage space to become a master bedroom and ensuite. The color palette reflects the occupations of the residents-the clients are both doctors of chemistry-and consists of white surfaces with dark details.
Via Design Milk
Photos by Katherine Lu