Casa Piva

B.E Architecture

A limited yet raw palette of materials is used, to simultaneously evoke the sentiment of the clients’ heritage, but also referencing local mid-century architecture. These are expressed using sawn travertine flooring, exposed internal brickwork and a singular antique oak veneer throughout. Key areas such as the kitchen, library and main bedroom are all flooded in the timber panelling creating moments of intensity not imaginable from the private façade.

This limited palette draws focus towards the detailing of core materials and enables them to be used throughout yet create a hierarchy to where they’re used. Internally the spaces are designed to make use of efficient movement and to prioritise generous room sizes while minimising the overall building footprint.

Custom fittings and one-off furniture items are peppered throughout the home. A suite of lighting fixtures from the black steel wall sconces and dramatically oversized hard plastered bird ring light in the living room, combine to create a more layered, eclectic, and relaxed feel to the furniture curation.

This project isn’t one of grand gestures or expensive materials, but more of a study of what controlled spaces and the strength of a limited yet considered grouping of materials and core details can achieve.


Furniture: Living Room: Biarritz couch in vintage Missoni Fabric (Jardan), Camila Armchairs in vintage Missoni fabric (Poliform), Herman Miller Eames lounge chair and Ottoman (Living Edge), Vintage Fler Narvik armchairs in Valencia leather from Contemporary Leathers, Custom B.E Architecture designed Coffee table in Leather from the NSW Leather Co, Custom B.E.Architecture designed clustered Perspex coffee table display boxes, Knoll Emperador Tulip side table (Dedece), Kartell Componibili side tables (Space Furniture), Luxe Mirage Rug (Hali Rugs), Herman Miller Eames Turned Timber Stool (Living Edge). Study: Moller Bench seat (Great Dane), Kartell Bourgie Lamp (Space). Kitchen / Dining: Custom B.E. Architecture designed kitchen stools, Thonet Bentwood dining chairs. Master Bed: Textures Bliss Rug (Hali Rugs), Custom B.E. Architecture Bed base and bedhead upholstered in Instyle Feel Fabric, Herman Miller Eames turned timber stool (Living Edge). Lighting: Majority lighting by Est Lighting: Cometa Kitchen Pendant, Custom Paint finish Hoop Mini Downlights, Custom Olive Green Paint Finish Snap 2.0 lights, Maktini strip Led Lighting. Custom B.E. Architecture Wall sconce lights, Custom B.E Architecture Living Room Plaster Ring Bird light, Herman Miller Nielson Dining table Pendant Light (Living Edge). LAMPS: Living Room: Lesbo Lamp (Artemide), Bronze Spot Lamp (Henry Wilson), Kartell Take Lamp (Space), Norm Column Table lamp. Study: Kartell Bourgie Lamp (Space), Custom B.E Architecture Floor lamp. Kitchen: Bronze Surface Sconce Lamp (Henry Wilson), Custom B.E Architecture Floor lamp. Master Bedroom: Tolomeo Floor lamp (Artemide), Ben Mazey Caramel Stacked Lamp (Criteria), JWDA Lamp ensuite vanity. Finishes: Stone Flooring: Travertine internal floor tiles (RMS Traders), Granite Cobblestones (Graniteworks). Tiles: Toronto Grey floor tiles (Signorino Tiles), Toronto Grey Custom narrow format wall tiles (Signorino Tiles), Fireplace Hearth tiles Inax Arcaico Border Tiles (Artedomus). Benchtops and Splashbacks: Caesarstone “Raw Concrete”. Fittings & Fixtures: Sanitaryware Master Ensuite: Zero Bidet (Rogerseller / Winnings), Zero Toilet Pan (Rogerseller / Winnings), Classic Duo Bath (Kaldewei), Custom ensuite stone basin. Door Hardware: Pittella Door hardware throughout in Antique Brass, Haliday & Baille Cavity sliding window hardware, Custom Powder coated joinery lip pull handles.


Photography: Timothy Kaye