This 4 bedroom house is sited on an irregular shaped block of land on the slope above Sydney’s Balmoral Beach.
The 2 side boundaries of the site are not parallel and there is a significant diagonal cross fall from southwest to
northeast, in addition there are 4 substantial gum trees on the site which have all been retained and integrated into
the design of the house.
Two distinct pavilions have been designed of differing height to respond to the topography and Council height
controls. The pavilions follow the alignment of their adjacent boundaries creating a wedge of space between the two.
The entry bridge slips between these 2 pavilions into this space and cascades down a grand stair to the plunge pool
and deck below. This is treated as external space with the Basalt stone cladding and hardwood decking of the
exterior continuing seamlessly through this space and back again to the outside. This is emphasised by the
frameless sliding glass entry door, which when closed is almost invisible, thus maintaining the view from the street
and entry bridge through this space at all times.
It is only when one passes through the stone clad reveals of the openings within this space that you are officially
inside. The materials change from external to internal at these thresholds, all of which have no doors, again to
emphasise the physical and visual connections across this space.
The western pavilion contains the main bedroom and ensuite on the upper level, with a small roof terrace above the
entry space. The middle level mezzanine is a study/music room which overlooks the double height dining area. The
large vertical opening to the main stair allows views to Middle Harbour from this level.
The lower level of this pavilion houses the kitchen/dining/living areas, with the laundry and guest bathroom being
contained within the oak clad kitchen pod.
The eastern pavilion contains children’s bedrooms and bathrooms at the upper level, a second living area and
garage on the middle level, with self contained guest accommodation, gymnasium and wine cellar on the lower level.
The 2 living areas are the only spaces that are at the same level across the 2 pavilions which allow them to be linked
by a large elevated northeast facing timber deck. Set between these 2 living areas is the plunge pool.
The Basalt stone used for the exterior cladding is also used for the floors to all living spaces and bathrooms. All
joinery is in American Oak, while the window and sliding door frames, louvres and cladding to steel beams and
columns is bronze anodised aluminium.
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