Gaetano Palmese Architects
Gaetano Palmese Architects is a small practice that delivers professional architectural design services with the goal of seeking the best possible solution to a clients project requirements ‘ a solution that seeks firstly to understand the project vision and then thoughtfully devise an environmentally responsible and appropriate strategy to fulfil that vision.
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Sydney, NSW, 2009
The existing California bungalow set on a leafy street in a garden suburb did not take advantage of its location and environment. The primary objective was to connect the home to its place – the adjacent park, existing trees and garden. Demolishing the rear lean-to allowed a clean break between old and new. The additions are intentionally distinguished from the existing house. An element of surprise was a request of the brief. The delight of the new forms and volumes aim to harmonize and contrast. The soaring living-room ceiling sweeps from inside to out, extending the new room out to the deck and beyond across the park. The living areas expand onto the deck which is shaped around a cherished old gum tree. Layered external walls, balustrades and screens provide different places for contemplation, containment and exposure.
South Coast House
South Coast NSW, 2007
The site is set on the ridge of the northern headland. The land slopes to the south-west consequently sunlight and views are in opposing directions. The prevailing site conditions led directly to the major planning move, being the division of the house into two pavilions which extend the long axis of the allotment. This strategy generates several positive outcomes. Chiefly the core of the house is opened up to light and air and a quiet centre is created. Windows are positioned to capture sun, light and breezes and views are attained virtually from every room whilst maintaining privacy between neighbours. The new house presents a formal contained fa’ade to the street. Towards the garden and views, this formality dissolves to for more active spaces. There are many moments to enjoy open or enclosed spaces, garden or decks. The house transforms into a versatile playground.
Rushcutters Bay House
Sydney NSW, 2006
The challenge was to transform the rear dark and small ground floor rooms to better accomodate the occupants, their pet dogs and their guests The response has transformed dark cramped rooms into a tranquil kitchen and entertainment area that is thoroughly awash with light during the day. The light-filled room also has a dark side. A curved timber element links the formal part of the house and encourages a flowing connection from old to new and to the garden beyond. The timber tones harmonise with the solid materials, softening light in the daytime and providing cosiness at night.