Sunday Loves Spaces: Sorrento Beach House


Photography by Rory Gardiner

Sorrento House is located in the beach town of the same name, on Australia's Mornington Peninsula. Designed by Pandolfini Architects, this beautiful home was designed to capture the feeling of a summer holiday, year-round.

The overall aesthetic is refined, but relaxed - the very definition of the aesthetic we strive for at Sunday.  

The calm coastal aesthetic uses just one accent colour - a powdery pale blue. Duck egg blue has it all – it’s such a restful and relaxed colour, but it brings a clean, contemporary freshness. And it's timeless! They've not gone overboard with it, either - it pops up in only a handful of places, yet makes a lovely impact when it does - the baby blue real linen sofa and armchairs, powdery blue linen on the bed, the bespoke kitchen cabinetry...

The gabled roof forms are one of the most show-stopping elements of this home.  If I was the owner, I think I'd have a constantly sore neck from gazing lovingly up at the ceiling.

The kitchen is a real hero of the home, with its custom-made v-groove cabinetry, extra-thick porcelain benchtop and splash-back, and brass hardware.  

A huge two-way fireplace is centred on a low, wide concrete plinth that acts as seating and delineates the dining and living rooms.

This home is a masterclass in balance - the architecture has real strength and substance, but it's also soft and serene. The bones of the building (polished concrete floors, tall brick walls and those mighty gabled ceilings) are all diffused by softer elements such as the wall of billowy real linen curtains, the huge rug in a neutral oatmeal, and the almost exclusively white-on-white colour palette. 


The master ensuite features one of my favourite pieces of design of all time  - the iconic Ottocento bathtub by Agape. I also love the choice of the bolder tile in this space, in a midnight blue Moroccan pattern.

The design comprises five A-framed pavilions, each connected by glass bridges (see above image) and arranged around the private centre courtyard and pool area.

We love the choice of 'cabana stripe' upholstery - hello, Mediterranean vacation vibes.

The bagged brick and weathered timber exterior showcases the sophistication of simplicity.

See more of the masterful work of Pandolfini Architects here, and follow them on Instagram here.

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