Midcentury Redo Retains its Existing Charisma

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The A+C Residence is a beautiful case of midcentury modernism. Situated in Sydney’s Northern Beaches in Australia, the iconic home underwent alterations and additions by Manly-based  Buck & Simple Architects. The A+C Reside was brought to completion in 2020. The clients, fascinated by midcentury modern design, wished to expand the single-family home and exemplify the midcentury era while retaining the comforts of modern everyday life.

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Right off the bat, from the wood built carport to the adjacent timber pergola leading to the entrance of the home, the vibe shouts classic midcentury modern. The wooden grid, paired with fine timber batten detailing, fabricates a vibrant interplay of light and shadow. This is an element echoed at the back of the house, where an identical grid structure, more fine timber batten detailing and an outdoor staircase repeat the patterns.

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Although the design holds on to its existing charm of the American post-war style, environment and sustainability are carefully factored in. The design team dropped the original plans from a pitch roof, deciding instead for a flat profile roof with slender circular column supports. Flat roofs are highly efficient in lowering the pressure brought by the weight of a building. Extending over a terrazzo floor balcony, a circular skylight allows extra light to seep in, not to mention the views opened up whether it be night or day.

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The Seaforth Residence is a two level home. The balcony runs along the entire length of the upper floor with direct access to the backyard and pool via the aforementioned staircase. The house is entered from the top floor, which accommodates the common areas for entertaining, leisure and eating.

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Downstairs, each private room is paired with a vertical line of windows beside a door which opens out to the backyard and poolside. The exterior color palette featuring clean, crisp white paired beautifully with timber wood highlights the midcentury modern style while conveying a contemporary look.

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Photos by Simon Whitbread