One day the owners of the two homes met under this tree; they discussed botany and architecture. This was how Luigi Rosselli Architects came to be selected to respectfully revive and refresh this beautifully designed residence.
Before embarking upon a discussion of Peppertree Villa we need to digress briefly in acknowledgement of the architectural links between Italy and Spain. This connection is important because it is represented architecturally in many 1920’s residences dotted throughout Sydney’s inner city bays.
The links begin in earnest during the 16th century when Phillip II of Spain dominated Italy for much of that period. Due in part to the need to entrench influence and power by maintaining presence throughout the western Mediterranean, information within the Humanities spread rapidly throughout Europe. Phillip left a timeless legacy in the magnificent El Escorial (near Madrid), respectively designed and redesigned by Juan Bautista de Toledo and Juan de Herrara during the mid to late 16th century. Both architects had studied in Italy and de Toledo at least had met Palladio, who at that time in Italy was revolutionising the nobility’s rural dwellings in the Veneto.
Palladio showed how it was possible to shape a form of architecture that seemed almost timeless. Informed by mathematical logic, it was highly practical, rich in terms of its ideas, and lacked any over-elaborate decoration.
The rest is history as they say with most of his villas from the mid-16th century in Veneto UNESCO listed.