Peppertree Villa in Bellevue Hill, Sydney by Luigi Rosselli Architects
Located in Sydney's affluent Bellevue Hill neighborhood, this home entitled Peppertree Villa was renovated by Luigi Rosselli Architects. The Peppertree Villa was built in the 1920s following a classicism style that was popular in Australia at that time.
“With the Peppertree Villa, this classicism was expressed through a grand entry loggia or portico to the side of the house, and magnificent fireplaces and well-proportioned rooms to its interior,” explained the architects.
The aim of the improvements was to provide better flows between the various living spaces, open the spaces up to a new garden, and add a new basement garage, an attic room and a back yard swimming pool.
A new staircase was also added to connect the two new levels to the rest of the house.
“The resulting stair takes the form of a suspended sculptural ribbon entirely detached from the walls of the stairwell,” said the architects.
Every aspect of the design of the house was carefully workshopped by the owner, a renowned fashion designer, Project Architect Jane McNeill and Interior Designer Romaine Alwill. Romaine chose for the interiors lush, tactile elements such as stucco lucido (polished plaster), brass metalwork, solid timber panelling, resin based wall claddings and bronze finishes for the cabinets.
On the ground floor, large, finely framed steel windows offer uncluttered openings onto the garden where the Pepper tree that gave the name to the home still stands, “casting a soft, dappled light across the walls and grounds of this villa reborn.”
Photography by: Prue Roscoe