Mixing Modern With a Mid-Century Brazilian Aesthetic

Casa Figueira is a surprising family home nestled within the tranquil suburb of Rose Bay in Sydney, Australia. Named after a century-old, heritage-protected fig tree, Casa Figueira was dropped at life through a collaborative effort between buck&easy: doers of stuff (lead architect), Luigi Rosselli Architects (original architect), Atelier Alwill (interior design), and Dangar Barin Smith (landscape architect).

Casa Figueira strikes the proper balance between a up to date style and a mid-century Brazilian aesthetic. Inspired by the need to create an open-air living space, the architects sought to bring together form and performance. Off-form board concrete ceilings are juxtaposed with American Walnut joinery, helping to draws the attention towards the encompassing landscape. Generous open-plan living spaces merge seamlessly with a central courtyard, inviting nature right into the house.

angled exterior view of white house with patio

angled exterior view of white house with patio with various pieces of furniture

The essential living space, flanked by two long sides with sliding glass doors, becomes an open air pavilion complete with a kitchen that has a solid stainless-steel island on one side and a sunken lounge on the opposite.

angled exterior view of curvy white modern house

One in all the essential concerns throughout the design process was to be certain that Casa Figueira withstood the test of time. The architects approached this challenge with meticulous thought, choosing materials and detailing that will weather well. Extensive research and collaboration with suppliers led to using non-ferrous metals, resilient protective coatings, and wood finishes. The result creates a cohesive style throughout the house, where aged brass is paired with raw concrete and warm wood details.

exterior side view of modern house with brown and white exterior

angled exterior view of modern house

front exterior view of modern brown and white curvy house

close front door view of wood and white house

backyard exterior view looking up stone stairs to back of house

interior entry shot of curved staircase with skylight above

The doorway door, etched in bronze, welcomes guests, while a gracefully curved foyer with open stairs guides visitors inside. A round skylight filters natural light down creating an ever-changing play of sunshine and shadow because the day progresses.

interior shot of curved staircase with skylight above

interior shot of curved staircase with skylight above

angled interior view of modern kitchen with wood and stainless cabinets

interior view of modern kitchen with wood and stainless cabinets

partial view of modern living room with modern chair in front of fireplace

view from wood lined hallway looking into powder room

view of wood paneled powder room with round barrel green sink

partial interior view of modern bedroom with dark decor

small home office in corner

angled view into modern bathroom


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