Petruccelli House

Petruccelli House

This house, set in a leafy street in Camberwell, is constructed primarily over a single level, which rests upon a lower level garage and entry foyer. On the main level, two forms containing the living and bedroom zones are slipped past each other, reducing the form at that street and creating a semi-private front patio.
The house actually appears to be much smaller than actuality and significant landscaping encases the front. The street frontage of the living zone is articulate by blades of copper cladding that resolve the opposing requirements for a view whilst maintaining privacy in close proximity to the street. In the entry foyer, the fall of the site allows for a 2m+ window with underwater views into the end of the lap pool, which surprise visitors with a unique and sensual experience upon entry into the house. The pool holds the house together, experienced as a continuum throughout the entire house, except the bedrooms, it allows for a distinct holiday feel. Open the front door and you are greeted by the window to the pool; the play of light on the water or underwater legs set the scene. Up the stairs and you’re facing the bar (kitchen bench with upstand). Down the hallway (bedroom zone) you pass the rear pool deck and end up at the games room.
The client is a photographer and is used to looking at things in the finest detail; this interest in perfection has transferred to the house. Refinement became an obsession from the even distribution of tiny pebbles to the basket weaving of bluestone as a wall for the entire length of the staircase. Finish and textures were paramount. Sumptuous and reflective materials add a distinct feeling of luxury. The upholstered bed head/ dividing wall in purple-red shot silk in the main bedroom alludes to a ritzy hotel. Metallic glazed tiles in the pool and bathrooms evoke likewise. The face of the kitchen bench in a polished and textured stainless steel could be transposed as cladding to a bar or a foyer of the best
establishments. Parents and teenagers can co-exist. Parents can retreat to the lounge room or the study at the front of the house and take in the wonderful views above the valley of trees and houses. The children’s bedrooms feature dynamic built-in joinery units, and the space toward the back of the house operates flexibly as either a games area or a secondary lounge space.

Melbourne, Australia

Colour Usage

The Petruccelli house has a more classical order. It is comprised of basically two boxes that are slipped past each other. The boxes are loosely private and public zones. Paint has been used to heighten the expression of the planar qualities of the building. ‘Slices’ are devices used to accentuate the experience of the slippage, these slices of colour (paint) and texture are essential to the reading of the house and are not just restricted to walls. The paint colours have a direct relationship with the view corridors. They reflect, are reflected upon and engage with their larger context.


Basket woven blue stone/ metallic glazed mosaic tiles/ shot silk upholstered room divider/ terrazzo floor tiles/ double layered sheer curtains/ polished stainless steel cladding to kitchen bench/ corian benchtops/ glass splash backs/ copper fins to façade of building/ fiberglass garage door/ wenge veneers/ spattered stone finish/ iridion paint finishes which have a pearlised highly reflective quality.