Luigi Rosselli Architects and Alexandra Donohoe of Decus Interiors completed the design of the Balancing Home in Sydney, Australia. The residence is in a recently established and growing suburb on Sydney’s North Shore.

“Two wings with traditional gable roofing are crossed; the upper bedroom wing balances over the lower wing and family communal rooms,” the architects say. “The barn-like white timber form of the upper floor is placed over a solid red masonry base, running across the width of the site.”

The bedrooms, stretching from east to west, are cantilevered over the smaller living quarters; this creates a covered porch at the house’s front entrance and a covered terrace by the pool in back.

“The interiors reflect the presence of traditional detailing with a contemporary sensitivity; for example, in the vaulted cathedral ceilings and polished concrete floors,” the architects say. “Robust timber trusses and delicate steel windows provide a vibrant contrast.”

The walnut storage unit in the living room creates a visual opposition to the flooring and white walls. A dark oak staircase features a classic steel balustrade. [Information provided by Luigi Rosselli Architects; photos by Edward Birch and Justin Alexander]