Timeless style and simplicity – Ripponlea House
Set in one of the neighbourhood’s peaceful, tree-lined cul-de-sacs, Ripponlea House is a testament to Luke Fry Architecture & Interior Design’s elegant aesthetic and dedication to creating meaningful, sensory connections between person and place.
An extension to an existing semi-detached Edwardian home, the project was centred on a purposeful, single-level concept, intricately designed to make the most of the 240sqm site. The firm drew on time-honoured design philosophies to breathe new life into this heritage family home, conveying their own interpretation of the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi through a clear, linear and simplistic approach.
Inspired, in particular, by day spas for their sense of serenity, Luke Fry Architecture has incorporated a high level of detail aimed at fostering a tranquil atmosphere. To maximise natural light and allow surrounding greenery to be appreciated from each space, the build has incorporated a network of skylights, internal and external courtyards. This connection to the outdoors is further cultivated by floor to ceiling windows in the main living areas and the master suite. The lighter shade of the interior palette echoes the sunlight, making the most of the exposure in the narrow site. Combining timeless and steadfast materials of European oak, concrete, brick and natural stone, the home has a soft silvery-grey hue. The consistency of this tone and material palette throughout the home establishes a sense of continuity and calm which is heightened by the open plan, free-flowing nature of the extension.
The elegant, linear forms of the home’s interior detailing complement its refined aesthetic whilst marrying the old and new. From the striking concrete benches to the beautifully crafted cabinetry and Linear Standard handles, a consistent focus on form characterises the design. The square profile, clean lines and concealed handles of the Stuv 16 complement this aesthetic. At the same time, its radiant warmth also softens the interior along with the texture of linen and boucle furnishings.
Adopting a restrained approach, Luke Fry Architecture has managed to create something which is enduring but unimposing. Ripponlea House demonstrates genuine attention to human need, every detail fostering a sense of synergy and serenity which we can’t help but envy.