Set on a steep waterfront site overlooking Long Bay on Sydney’s lower north shore, this house enjoys spectacular bush and water views. The site sits to the south of a bush reserve that runs to the water, creating a bushland setting and outlook for the house in a built-up residential area.
The house was developed as a speculative venture with the brief including 4 bedrooms, study, rumpus and extensive formal and informal living and entertaining areas. The house also needed to provide extensive outdoor living spaces at all levels, with a particular focus on the waterfront level and its relationship to the bay.
The house was conceived as a series of habitable platforms extending out from the slope of the site. Spaces are enclosed by undulating timber and glazed walls on the north side and protecting masonry to the south. Zinc roofs, formed to bring in light, cap the levels and are integral as the fifth facade, given the house is often viewed from above. Consideration of the suburban and waterfront setting, careful treatment of the external presentation and a refined response to a challenging site has resulted in a contextually appropriate response.