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Canberra home makes a splash in Australia’s Top 50!

Monique Meijer

hg1Year after year, hundreds of Australian architects and designers vie for a spot in Australian House & Garden Magazine’s Top 50 Rooms feature – a stunning showcase of residential design and architecture at its peak.

Among the projects to make this year’s cut was a stunning poolside pavilion which I had the great privilege of styling for the official photoshoot with H&G’s Scott Hawkins.

Set off by a soaring, shard-like roofline, sun-drenched deck below and inviting poolside locale – it’s easy to see how the self-contained pavilion came to make a splash in the Top 50. Its crisp black and white colour scheme paired with weathered timber decking exuding a smart, yet relaxed coastal feel in the heart of inner-city Braddon.

Designed by Canberra architect, Pedro Geleris, Arquitectura, the pavilion is a striking example of dramatic architecture working in harmony with heritage living (the pavilion backs onto a charming 1930’s home surrounded by leafy cottage gardens) – a seemingly impossible feat but one which Geleris has conquered with great panache and considered design.


Page 123: November 2013 issue, Australian House & Garden Magazine 

For owners Bente and husband Lee, there was no doubt Geleris was the man for the job having won them over with his work on an earlier project.

‘We were after a separate structure to provide guest accommodation and a fully self-contained entertainment space away from the main home while maximising use of the pool area,’ said Bente.

‘It was also important to us that the structure captured the rustic character of the original garden shed that once stood in its place while complementing our existing 1930’s home. No easy task!

‘Somehow, Pedro won us over with the idea of a more contemporary structure – something we really hadn’t considered but something we’re pleased we agreed to given the end result,’ adds Bente.

In asking Geleris how he managed to successfully draw 1930’s Californian Bungalow style together with contemporary living, the answer sounds apparently simple but I know full well it’s the result of a significant undertaking.


‘There were a number of elements which brought it all together however, a lot of it was in the material selection,’ says Geleris.

‘We opted for an external cement cladding with timber batten walls and a corrugated roof which was reminiscent of the old garden shed and complemented the garden setting.

‘Another consideration was creating a light and airy interior which was achieved with internal plywood panelling and a combination of high and low-level windows to maximise natural light and ventilation of the space,’ says Geleris.

But probably the main feature (and one which Geleris is most proud of) is the structure’s ‘twisted’ ceiling which works it’s way up to the loft.

‘The roof twists along its full length, creating a seamless transition from single to double height space,’ explains Geleris.

‘The pitched ceiling and flood of natural light are a further reference to the open plan living area in the main home (which, by the way, has also received Geleris’s ‘Midas touch’), also boasting a beautiful play on raked ceilings, skylights, glass doors, and large windows into the surrounding gardens.’

‘The end result is an elegant structure that sits comfortably in the garden and complements rather than competes with the existing home,’ concludes Pedro.

Suffice to say, the pavilion has Bente and Lee’s vote along with their three boys and Airedale Terriers, Linus and Lily, who took great joy in frolicking about on the day of the shoot.

Top job Pedro, and looking forward to seeing more of your work!

Visit www.houseandgarden.com.au or pick up the latest featured-packed issue of Australian House & Garden and indulge in some serious eye candy with Australia’s Top 50 Rooms.

Be sure to send your vote ‘straight to the pool room’ for your chance to win a $10,000 Dulux paint consultation and home decorating package.


Do you have a tip-off on a showstopper home or residential project in Canberra and surrounding regions? If so, please send low-resolution images to Monique at [email protected] Who knows? Your home or project could be next to grace the pages of Australian House & Garden Magazine.

Home page photograph: Monique Meijer, Capital Property Styling 


Monique Meijer

Monique Meijer is Director of Capital Property Styling, a Canberra-based interior decorating business. She loves writing (obviously!), travelling, reading, catching up with family and friends and breaking out her paintbrush but needs to find more time to do these things. To find out more visit: www.capitalpropertystyling.com.au. Services start from $300 for pre-sale styling consultations. More about the Author

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