Library in Fernery

Thousands of books in this parkside house were destroyed by a fire. Ravaged by smoke, water and burning embers, a rare Stuart piano was wheeled out just in time.

Three years later the original “Art noveau” house has been reborn with new joinery, furniture and landscaping.

The rebuilding was a complex exercise that included decontamination of every part of the structure, refinishing and updating to current codes and standards, and reconstruction of lost sections of the house.

The stairwell was partially reconstructed with a new suspended steel stair to the attic replacing the unfortunately positioned old one. Behind the main stair a new two storey library was placed for the regrowing collection, along with a draw bridge leading to the upper level of the library.

The eclectic interior furnishings have been redeveloped like the architecture. Some of the salvaged pieces have been reused while some new elements have been carefully selected by Interior Designer Romaine Alwill to provide a wide range of moods for a house full of character.

The landscaping was also a reconstruction of the old garden damaged by firemen and builders with William Dangar adding a lush fernery that borders the entry path and the new portico.


Design Architect:
 Luigi Rosselli
Project Architects: Simon Hassall, Corrado Palleschi, Renata Popovic-Tomac
Joinery Design Architects:Sean Johnson, Renata Popovic-Tomac
Landscape Architect: William Dangar
Interior Designer: Romaine Alwill
Structural Consultant: Matthew O’Hearn, O’Hearn Consulting Pty Ltd
Environmental Management Consultants: Hibbs & Associates Pty Ltd
BuilderSydcon Building Services
Joiner: Corelli Joinery
Photography: Edward Birch

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