The interior of the main pavilion is characterised by a combination of both soft and hard materials, namely, American oak veneer, spotted gum battens, bush-hammered concrete, travertine and hard plaster. The juxtaposition of these materials, particularly that created by the raw, heavily textured concrete arches, creates a simple yet striking centre for family life. Dominic aptly describes this part of the house as “an exposed skeleton of robust ribs and a delicate interior within.”
To the left of the space sits a curved breakfast nook, which, as a result of extensive glazing, enjoys a view of the adjacent garden. To the right of the space sits the kitchen, the shape of which coincides with the curves of the roof. Closer to the entrance, at the centre of the floorplan, lies the dining and living spaces separated by a striking sculptural fireplace.
The motif of archways establishes a strong visual link between the home’s interior and exterior while also fulfilling the brief for a connection to the outdoors, given the archways often frame views of the garden. Pandolfini have experimented with various shapes – upside-down, narrow, wide – and materials – terracotta brick, steel, concrete – making the gesture all the more engaging.