Our client’s brief was a 17th century lithograph of five little fish with human faces swimming “Marvels Of Things Created and Miraculous Aspects Of Things Existing” The notion was to create a home that was whimsical, calm, inspiring, slightly quirky and deeply personal.

Project Name: Clovelly
Studio Name:
Madeleine Blanchfield Architects
Location: Clovelly, Australia
Photography: Prue Ruscoe
Site size: 700 m2
Completion date: 2016
Building levels: 3

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Living Room ©Prue Ruscoe

We gutted the existing house, leaving only the structural columns and beams.

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Bedroom ©Prue Ruscoe

We created huge windows onto external courtyards and removed most of the walls to flood the spaces with light.

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View from Corridor ©Prue Ruscoe

The problem with removing walls is that there is nowhere to hang art. This became the driving concept and approach behind the design – bringing art into the architecture.


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