The best of both worlds!

Nestled in amongst the hinterland of North Coast NSW, Architect Julian Conrad has carved out a piece of heaven for himself and his partner  Ann  Uldridge.


Bangalow lies between the very famous Byron Bay with its sprawling beaches and  subtropical  hinterland  known for its local artisan products, they chose Bangalow  because of it’s potential  to create a rural family retreat  amongst the lush green foliage, but be  still close to the sea. Now, several  years into the journey, we get a small glimpse into his world – which is the best of both contemporary living and traditional northern rivers landscape.


This Julian Conrad designed Bathroom blends in nicely with the Byron Hinterland


Julian’s career spans  several decades across a diverse portfolio of commercial and residential design and his  present  focus is to serve the local community.

To meet his clients’  objectives, his work takes its  references from the site,  its regional architectural context.

After constructing and living in  their own space  for a few years,  they recognised the need for  extra room  for their extended family and friends and so was born the  studio, which sits beside the main residence and has equally stunning views over the hills. The one bedroom  studio  emulates the architecture of the main residence, with  a palette of natural materials, clean lines and huge windows, allowing for natural light to permeate the whole space.

The main room has a light Italian ceramic tile that look like wooden panels, creating a warm ambiance with much greater functionality than the actual wood product. Ceramic tiles are easy to maintain and are very resistant to wear and tear.

Architect Julian Conrad Lounge Room

This light Italian ceramic floor tile design gives the impression of wooden panels.

This flooring flows into the bathroom  and separate toilet which  creates a seamless connection between the  spaces. The walls in the bathroom arelarge format  white textured tiles  based on a traditional charred surface – adding depth without constricting the space. The cantilevered wooden basin stand and linear towel rack compliment the whole. The natural wood is juxtaposed with chrome tapware and the black  Alape  basin.

Architect Julian Conrad Wash Basin

Simple elegance with large format  white textured tiles  based on a traditional charred surface .

Julian commented how “Max Garofano from Byron Tiles enhanced the tile seamless finish with his impeccable attention to detail.

Having previously lived in urban areas, Julian and Ann now cherish their small piece of heaven – a short drive and you’re in town with all the amenities you need, but for the bulk of their day, they work from home – a haven amongst the trees, the wildlife and the feeling of being at one with the world and the landscape.

This bathroom allows for natural light to play into the tile design.

The  studio  combines nature and contemporary design  to present a timeless fusion of the two , allowing you to experience the best of both worlds!

Architect details: 

Julian Conrad
Mobile +61 0407 027 475
EMAIL: [email protected]
NSW Architects Registration: 11167