I was lucky enough to meet architect, Tony Camilleri, of Aesthetics Architecture at a recent networking event. During our conversation , I learnt that we share the same philosophy: the environment we live in hugely impacts our mental and physical wellbeing. So when I found out that Tony had built his own home in Balmoral, I was keen to hear more. It’s a rare treat to see into the lives and the homes of professionals that design and create magnificent buildings that shape our skylines. Tony was happy to give us a sneak peek into his home. Tony comes from a successful background in architecture and was an associate in the internationally renowned practice of Harry Seidler and Associates for 11 years. After working on major city and urban architectural projects with Seidler, Tony then went out on his own, focusing on both architecture and property development.
Tony decided to use his wealth of experience and seriously test his commercial grade methodologies to design and build his family home. Frustrated at the lack of availability of suitable sites ,Tony pounded the pavements in Balmoral identifying properties that were not only ripe for redevelopment, but that also had the qualities he was searching for – convenient location between beach and shops, elevated , north aspect and water view .He was lucky enough to secure his number one choice after the property going onto the open market and having to fight off the competition.
When Tony put his skills to designing his family home he had the opportunity to make the most of the twenty two meter north aspect looking out to Balmoral beach. Tony states, “the principle from the outset was to design a residence which was a specific response to the unusually shaped allotment and relatively steep topography of the site.” He designed the main open plan living area with floor to ceiling glass making the most of that breathtaking view. When talking about his design philosophies Tony continues, “the design process challenges traditional assumed limitations and regulatory controls and seeks to satisfy objectives through carefully developed alternatives developed from first principles. The resultant design solutions aim to express three dimensional forms which are visually and emotionally stimulating, encompassing the principles of sensitive environmental design, and utilising the latest available technologies and proven enduring materials.” I respect that Tony doesn’t just design for designs sake; he balances practical function beautifully with design and form. This can be seen throughout his home, especially in the intricate details, such as this elegantly designed and installed cook top that is seamlessly integrated into the solid stainless steel plate bench top.
When walking through Tony’s home I couldn’t help but notice how restrained the interior was in terms of colour, materials and finishes. Although the rooms where often oversized there was something very honest about each space due to the restrained interior design. This is achieved through the clever use of natural light, a muted colour palette, and natural materials such as sisal rugs , wide board hardwood flooring, polished concrete , as well as wood and stone joinery throughout the kitchen and bathrooms. Splashes of colour are added through large canvas artworks by local artist, Mark Gerada, which brings the space to life. His daughters both have their own areas with bedrooms, dressing areas, en-suite bathrooms, and even their own chill out area, which Tony tells me is often used for family movie time. This area is still in keeping with that restrained interior design approach, however injections of colour can be seen through fabrics used in the soft furnishings, making this space a little more playful.
With a property boasting: open planned gourmet kitchen, dining and lounge area opening onto a vast stone paved terrace; additional separate casual living area on the lower level, opening onto terrace, lawn and pool area; four king sized bedrooms each with its own dressing room and en-suite bathroom; intimate library/lounge area, reading lounge on upper level, office space on the top level, and resort facilities such as heated mosaic tiled wet edge pool, 2 hydrotherapy spas, sauna/steam room, gymnasium, theatre, , landscaped gardens…you may become a little overwhelmed! However, I left with a sense calm and relaxation. This really is a beautifully restrained home that provides for all the family needs. And I could honestly see that Tony’s family make the most of each and every room and more importantly enjoy their home in its entirety.
I hope this interior has provided you with some level of inspiration. I often write about pushing the boundaries with colour, pattern, and style. However there’s nothing more special than a space that makes the most of its inherent beauty and interesting architecture.
Many thanks Tony for letting us into your home.