An interior to match the outlook

This interior fit-out of a spectacular ocean-side home doesn't skimp on rich and varied finishes, including timber cladding, and richly coloured mosaic accents 

Interiors by Mark Rielly, ARRCC

From the interior designers:

Overlooking the Atlantic Seaboard in Bantry Bay, this ocean-side villa boasts the perfect balance between luxury and comfort.

The property had an existing house, which under-utilised the site’s fantastic characteristics.

The brief called for a dynamic response to capitalise on the site, by creating an environment where the young family could enjoy an outdoor lifestyle, protected from the prevailing winds while still enjoying the views of the ocean.

The owners were eager to utilise every possible area of the site yet ensure that they maintained privacy in this dense part of Bantry Bay.

The interior design, with architecture by SAOTA, was primarily driven by the need to create a family home, accommodating the kitchen, living room and dining room in one single space.

The secondary living area is a dramatic entertainment space – located on the level below the family level – where the owners can entertain large groups of friends.

The pool terrace allows for covered and uncovered areas to relax around the pool, while the entertainment lounge accommodates a generous bar situated adjacent to the outdoor barbecue area.

A dramatic gazebo structure is perched at the Western edge of the pool deck allowing the owners to enjoy unrivalled ocean views day or night.

The two living levels are located centrally in the vertical arrangement of the house, on the fourth and fifth floor.

The main double volume living level is a dynamic and sculptural composition, comprising the interplay of volumes, floor levels, elements and planes, says ARRCC director Mark Rielly.

“It relates directly to the expansive sea view and is framed by the bright red rectangular chimney flue and a Nero Marquina marble clad wall," he says.

The dining space opens out onto a garden courtyard with a water feature and sculpture.

A few steps lead down to the glass fronted wine cellar located directly under the main bedroom’s study which overlooks this entire spatial volume.

A glass lift connects the building vertically, and an external service stair connects the levels externally

The main bedroom and two children’s ensuite bedrooms are on the sixth floor of the home, offering 180-degree views of the ocean.

Textured stone cladding adorns the internal and external walls contrasting the roughness of the off-shutter concrete soffit in the living room, dining room and kitchen. 

The finishes are rich and varied in numerous areas in the house, including timber cladding, and richly coloured mosaic finishes.

The interiors are not over designed, but effortlessly casual and sleek.

Each furniture piece was carefully considered to create a successful fusion of 20th Century iconic design pieces with understated customised items by ARRCC.

The owner’s eclectic art collection plays an integral part in the interior and adds a dynamic background to the contemporary architecture.

A neutral colour palette which includes walnut timber, charcoal linen and earth tones is juxtaposed with textural elements such as vintage leathers and soft woven carpets.

“Our brief was to create a comfortable family home, uncluttered and functional, yet at the same time act as a foil to the dramatic architectural envelope,” says Mark Rielly.

Credit list

Interior design

Designed by: Mark Rielly, ARRCC

Story by: Graham Wood

Photography by: Adam Letch

07 Nov, 2021

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