Set in Sydney’s captivating harbourside suburb of Mosman, Ultramarine crafts a gently layered family home — calm, approachable and soft to the touch.
Moving from a contemporary glass and steel home on the slopes of Balmoral, the clients purchased an early 1900s Federation home in Mosman with a vision to create a lifestyle-driven oasis for their young family of five. The homeowners had worked with Decus previously, fostering a trusting and respectful relationship from the initial stages of the project. “Our response to the brief was unique as the clients gave us a lot of latitude on the conceptual direction,” reflects Alexandra Donohoe Church, Founder and Managing Director of Decus.
Luigi Rosselli Architects extended the footprint of the old home, overlaying their signature design aesthetic while drawing in abundant natural light. Building on this approach, Decus sought to marry the decorative qualities of the Federation home with the architecture’s contemporary materials. “We wanted the house to feel easy, smooth, delicate yet robust,” says Alexandra. A relaxed and effortless sensibility became the driving ambition of the design, with Decus focussing on the detail and tactility of interfaces between the house and occupants.
With thoughtful details and a soothing sensibility, Ultramarine fortifies Decus’ considered approach to residential design. The ambition to create a warm, comforting and enjoyable home has yielded a welcoming refuge for the young family. “Ultimately, the design cultivates connection for its inhabitants – a place to gather, relax and play,” smiles Alexandra.
Ultramarine is built on the land of the Borogegal and Cammeraigal People of the Eora Nation.