Inside a Magical Home That Encapsulates the Australian Way of Living (House Tour)



Afforded the freedom of an open design concept, interior design practice Folk Studio crafts Curl Curl House. Showcasing the collaborative work of architectural practice TRIAS, the magical home captures the spirit of the Australian coast.

Settled into Curl Curl, the coastal suburb of Sydney located just north of the Central Business District, the same-named house reflects its immersive environment. The natural character of the local context sees bush meet coast and a beachside lifestyle cohere with suburban influence. Upon accepting the design project, Folk Studio promptly met with architectural firm TRIAS in order to solidify the creative vision – a residential sanctuary – and ensure that the architecture and interior design of the home work together to form the ideal domestic experience.

Featuring an L-shaped spatial plan, Curl Curl House encloses a collection of communal zones on its ground floor, including a living room on each end. The position of each living room marks a change from the spatial arrangement of a typical house, which sees kitchen, living and dining spaces continue on from one another. Purposefully located, the living rooms function as calming areas within the magical home, removed from the bustle of the communal zones.

Inspired by the Australian beach, bush and coast, the aesthetic palette of Curl Curl House reflects a sense of natural serenity, enhanced by contrasting injections of brickwork that pay homage to the suburban context. Integral to the design of the magical home is the garden space growing along its perimeter. As a result of TRIAS condensing the architecture of the home, the garden space is maximised and enables a natural vista to be accessed from every room of the house. Hit-or-miss brickwork screens adorn the upper levels of the façade, intercepting the incoming natural light to create shifting visual patterns within the magical home.

Achieving a residential oasis, Folk Studio and Trias craft a magical home that serves as an escape from the hectic nature of everyday life. Curl Curl House stands as a residence in which its owners can take pride, rewarded by the sense of careful curation permeating the dwelling.

00:00 – An Introduction to the Magical Home
00:38 – The Collaboration of Folk Studio and TRIAS
01:51 – Adding Intentional Gestures to the L-Shaped Floor Plan
02:32 – A Beach, Bush and Coastal Palette
02:51 – Watching Visions Come to Life
03:22 – Having the Garden as an Integral Piece of the Design
03:46 – Seeing Green from all Areas
04:11 – The Hit and Miss Brickwork Screens
04:38 – Creating a Sanctuary and an Oasis for the Clients
04:58 – Finding Joy in the Client’s Comfort

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Photography by Clinton Weaver.
Architecture by TRIAS.
Interior Design and Styling by Folk Studio.
Build by Avalon Constructions.
Engineering by SDA Structures.
Landscape Architecture by Lindy Hulton-Larson Landscape Architect.
Joinery by Luke Geercke Cabinet Makers.
Filmed and Edited by The Local Project.
Production by The Local Project.

The Local Project Acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners of the land in Australia. We recognise the importance of Indigenous peoples in the identity of our country and continuing connections to Country and community. We pay our respect to Elders, past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all Indigenous people of these lands.

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