Casa Baretto

Young Family & 2 Dogs
Architectural & Interiors
Simon Whitbread

Brief: To revitalise an ageing 3 bedroom 1980’s apartment in Cremorne Point for a young couple and their two dogs…and a baby! Create a sense of openness, natural light, and connection to the two large outdoor terraces.

Challenges: Working with the long narrow proportions of the apartment and compartmentalised nature of the floor plan. Trying to create a sense of freshness in a dated building.

Solutions: Demolish walls surrounding the kitchen and create an open plan kitchen and dining with a versatile storage wall opposite that provides a fold out bar on one side and a desk to work from home on the other. Further along it becomes a media unit and living room display shelves for art, travel bounty and knick knacks. A simple palette of birch plywood, marble and white cupboard fronts with discrete pulls create spatial cohesion throughout the apartment.  

Highlights: Working with enthusiastic and design-sensitive clients and their resident dogs who embraced the possibilities for their apartment – including a little bar looking over Cremorne Bay.