Fearns Studio completed the design for a lovely looking home in in Sydney, Australia. Bondi House is a fascinating example of how modern architecture can be successfully “softened” by allowing nature its well deserved role. The residence consists of a first level timber tube above a ground floor brick volume. Natural lighting is invited indoors through skylight penetrations and generous floor-to-ceiling windows facing the inner courtyard.

The interiors are minimalist, yet feature a key element generating their inviting feel: “Warmth is given to the white plaster walls and ceilings and to concrete flooring with oak cabinetry, windows, doors, and with blackbutt flooring through the remainder of the house. Deep door reveals in the kitchen and living areas frame smaller spaces within the open plan with light and rhythm. The doors themselves emphasize this further by sliding completely clear of their openings”.  [Photography: Tom Ferguson]