Celebrated building designer Jayson Pate is known for designing some of the Gold Coast’s most coveted homes but this time, he’s able to enjoy the fruits of his labour.
Pate, who has offices on the Gold Coast and in Melbourne, recently completed his most personal project yet - the family home, SKYGARDEN, that he shares with his wife Jet and baby daughter Indigo.
Built by Beech Projects with sleek, sophisticated interiors by Sydney-based firm, Culina Design Group, and landscaping by JSW Landscapes & Design, the home blends brutalist and contemporary architecture with the use of sharp clean lines, cantilevers, off-form concrete and black render.
The brutalist form is softened by cascading gardens and inspiring outdoor spaces, including a resort-style pool landscape.
The Three Balls Red team was thrilled to be involved with this project and visited the Pate family to tour this remarkable family home and chat wit Jayson about his most personal project to date.
Congrats on a truly inspiring project. Did you approach SKYGARDEN differently to your other work?
The project certainly is the most personal yet, although all projects that we design have the same common goal, a functional home that is tailored to the end user’s needs. Funnily enough, when I first designed the home, I didn’t believe we’d be living in it for a long period of time. Now we’re in, we don’t want to move. We love it!
Did you feel any pressure when it came to designing your own family home?
No more pressure than the next JPD client project. I always strive to create a functional and aesthetically beautiful home, knowing the parameters that exist. For example, a site’s orientation, aspect, size, setbacks, flood heights and most importantly, a client’s (in this case mine) budget constraints.
You have said you incorporated your family’s needs, tastes and obsessions when designing SKYGARDEN. Can you talk us through this?
The ‘needs’ are the rooms and their sizing that make a home functional for its end users. We have a growing family with interstate in-laws, so it made sense that the house contained three bedrooms upstairs, with a private guest suite downstairs.
The master bedroom takes prized position upstairs with beautiful city skyline views, as does the master ensuite, with a freestanding bath that stands by a large picture window and generous-sized walk-in robe, complete with a gorgeous make-up bar. The home also contains multiple living and alfresco spaces that accommodate differing times of the day and occasions.
The ‘tastes’ are the beautiful finishes used inside and out. Growing up in Melbourne, I fell in love with all forms of brutalist and contemporary architecture. This home blends the two, with the bronze battens and greenery helping to soften the brutalist form.
Our ‘obsessions’ range from special pieces of artwork that needed walls to call home to furniture pieces that have been sourced from all over Australia - pieces we just had to have.
What are some of the stand out design details?
The home includes beautiful design details like the off-form, concrete planter boxes that wrap the roof top deck and the Knotwood bronze aluminium battens but I believe the true stand out are the interiors that Terri from Culina Design Group created for the project. I think they complement the architecture perfectly and create a sophisticated feel that I love coming home to.
You used tradespeople and suppliers whom you have close professional relationships with. How important are those relationships on projects such as this?
Choosing the right consultants and contractors are the difference between an enjoyable process and a stressful one. The team at Beech Projects couldn’t be faulted, nor could the contractors or trades that worked under them. The entire build was meticulously managed through the hardest 12 months our industry has ever seen and we couldn’t be happier with the final result.
Children can be harsh critics. How does your daughter feel about the house, and what are some of her favourite spaces?
My 17-month-old daughter is treating the home like most kids at that age would. In her eyes, the staircase is playground and our gorgeous Boyd Blue coffee tables have become a stage to dance to the Wiggles on [laughs].
Why do you choose to source products from Three Balls Red and what do you think is our point of difference?
The team at Three Balls Red are incredible to deal with. I’ve known Kymmy and Jazzy ever since starting Jayson Pate Design 15 years ago. Their range, service and pricing is exceptional so it makes sense to continue recommending them to my valued JPD clients.