Designed by noted Australian architects Begg and Douglas, this landmark property in much-admired inner suburb boasts amazing six-metre-high cathedral ceilings, shed roof massing and soaring windows. However, after almost 50 years and numerous remodels, the original space was broken into two separate zones by a cramped shell-pink kitchen. Poor lighting and inefficient air-conditioning left most of the rooms dim and uncomfortable so they didn’t really reflect the grandeur of the initial concept.


“Because of its iconic nature and tall windows, my clients wanted a home, that would be brilliantly suited to their magnificent Australian art collection,” says Toni Franchi of Franchi Design, who created the interior and architectural design as well as project management in concert with Ben Sargent Construction.


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