A Hawaiian-style verandah that opens completely to the outdoors has transformed an introverted Federation Queen Anne era 1900s house in Sydney’s North Shore, with design by Luigi Rosselli Architects. The architecture team were inspired by the Hawaiian ‘lanai’ verandah which is usually furnished – more like an open-sided living room that the traditional verandah.
In order to create a true ‘lanai’ verandah, the architects designed custom shutters that are tall and able to slide, as well as being supported column-free over the long span of the verandah, with options for various levels of shading according to the sun, wind and other environmental factors.
Despite employing a Hawaiian-style concept, the appearance of the new shuttered facade had to match the existing architecture. “The shutters were bespoke, using traditional joinery sections and dowel connections, and in this way the appearance was more than skin deep,” explains Simon Hassell from Luigi Rosselli Architects. “This also fitted in a whole lot better with the heritage details of the rest of the house where stock louvres would have looked harsh and out of place.”
Inside, the design blends old and new, pairing white kitchen and living spaces, with heritage colours in the dining room used to retain the existing character of the house. “New and old, and the interface between them was the key to assembling the materials, deciding where to keep the original colours and materials, and where these could be broadened to reflect the new modern family living within a 110 year old house.”
“And this new and old extended into the landscape design by Will Dangar, keeping more traditional gardens adjacent the older parts of the house which are more for looking at, and enlivening the new verandah and pool area with a tropical open and playful garden encouraging the owners and their children to use them.”
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