Belonging to a conservative locale, famed for its fierce dedication to historic preservation – Annandale House by Norrsken Ko challenges the confines of its birthplace by discreetly balancing conventional and contemporary elements.
“The house is quite conservative, quiet even, from the outside – it’s not trying to make a statement or shout its arrival or presence. But, as you move deeper into the home, bold textures, interesting materials, and subtle details expose a real confidence and assuredness” - Arana Wallenhoffer, Studio Director
Designed to meet the always-evolving needs of its inhabitants – to be flexible and facilitate both growth and respite.
“The home was supposed to be a relief – an exhalation after a long day. But, at the same time, it needed to infuse energy for the next day.”
Internally, the spaces are dynamically split to create feelings of depth, containment, and release – responding to the need for the home to breathe, and exhale. An articulated steel and timber staircase is a gateway between the shared living spaces and the more intimate sleeping zones.
The material selection bridges the historic locale with modern convenience and contemporary design. In the kitchen, natural stone and earth hues are paired with steel framing which references the window detail and fosters connection with the courtyard outside.
Vanilla-coloured brick canvases the southern length of the home, interrupted only by the addition of a luxury MODE Corner Gas Fireplace.
“The challenge is how to ensure the home still feels warm. A fireplace is obviously the most natural inclusion. But it was also a meaningful design feature, universally understood to be a position of warmth and gathering.”
“We’d seen the MODE gas fireplace in the Stoke Fireplace Studio and had been waiting to include it in a project."
The inclusion of the MODE Corner provides an exquisite juxtaposition between traditional and contemporary design - demonstrating that the two can exist in harmony. Though unconventional in its shape, its execution is elegant and sophisticated, seamlessly finessed with the utmost attention to detail.
“It’s such a beautiful, minimal design, and its position straddles this transitional space between the living and dining, as if to invite both spaces to share its heat.”
Still rich in history, Annandale House is an interpretation of tradition – staying true to nurturing sentiment of its ancestry, while also allowing itself to be informed by the contemporary world around it.
Learn more about the MODE Corner here.