Sleek, modern, linear, and meticulously considered are terms that come to mind when first viewing the exterior of Sussex House in Brighton, Victoria. Its strong, angular presence and robust materiality reference elements of Brutalist architecture which have risen from utilitarian connotations to its current stance of a curated vision. Hard materials, raw texture, geometric forms, monochromatic palettes, and refined greenery to soften its perimeter all feature in this home. mckimm design & build were the visionaries behind this project and cleverly combine style, functionality and the environment surrounding Sussex House. The home is in close proximity to the coast and these unforgiving climate conditions require solidity. Sussex’s concrete panels and large glazed windows offer this durability. On closer inspection, however, and via the vast window portals, you begin to see elements of contrasting softness to the exterior of the building.
The soft folded sheers are a perfect contrast with the hard materiality of the exterior. SOM Blinds worked closely with the client to select a fabric by Zepel that was functional, durable, yet beautiful. They then designed, manufactured, and installed the custom made window furnishings throughout the home creating visual continuity and ample light throughout each space. The fabric chosen, Chance in colour Dune, is a super soft finely woven polyester design that has a two-tone effect, allowing for bounds of filtered light while creating privacy.