The Queens Park Residence could serve as a study in wood. The homeowners’ inspiration for the redo from traditional three-bedroom to dauntingly simple-chic was a walk in the park. The play of light through the tree’s branches at nearby Centennial Park gave them an idea for the union of timber and illumination. Designed and renovated by CplusC, Sydney’s premier residential architectural and building firm brought the concept to “light.”
The illuminated combination of gorgeous woodland in contrast with white walls and flooring is consistent throughout the home. Jarrah, one of Australia’s common Eucalyptus trees, welcomes visitors through the reclaimed front door and its handle. The reflective ceiling and floorboards underfoot are also cut from the eucalyptus. Named for the river that runs through the country’s capital of Perth, Jarrah was once called Swan River mahogany. It even sounds beautiful.
From the entry hall, the home branches off much in the same way a tree divides. The “timber path” in the end leads to an open plan living space where there is abundant room for relaxing, cooking and dining.
Private spaces are similarly modern-woodsy and reserved. Highlights occur with a brief splash of color, but mostly with a mixture of artificial and natural lighting.
Made from Kauri Pine, one of the world’s most ancient trees, the custom table was formed from the original floorboards of the house.
Here, al fresco living is a result of oversized windows and large, operable doors. The openings lead out to a portico framed and slatted with Jarrah and Western Red Cedar. The decking is from Blue Gum eucalyptus. The pool is set in Burmese Teak.
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