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.Location: Sydney, Australia Architect: Ian Moore Architects
Finish Date: February 2006
Construction period: May 2004 – December 2005
Gross floor area: 388 m2
Contract sum: AUS$ 2.35M
Materials – structure
Walls: Structural steel frame / compressed fibre cement sheet lining / Basalt stone cladding
Roof: Ultrafloor precast concrete floor system with Insitu concrete topping, waterproof membrane and pebble ballast.
Windows: Product name – Bronze anodized aluminium Capral 600 series framing with Breezeway Altair adjustable glass louvers. Supplier – Donalco Windows Pty Ltd.
Doors: Product name – Bronze anodized aluminium Capral 889 series sliding doors. Supplier – Donalco Windows Pty Ltd.
Other: Floors – Ultrafloors precast concrete floor system with Insitu concrete topping; Deck / bridge – structural steel frame, timber joists and hardwood decking.
Materials – finishes
Walls: Painted plasterboard
Ceiling: Painted plasterboard
Floor: 600 x 300mm Basalt stone slabs
Paint: Dulux 101 Wash and Wear Acrylic (Colour – white duck)
Window Treatment: Product name – JWI R80 motorised adjustable aluminium louvres. Supplier – John Waters Industries.
Other: Bathroom walls – 300 x 100mm Basalt stone tiles.
Plant & Equipment: Product name – Gaggenau kitchen appliances. Supplier – Winning Appliances.
Sanitary Ware: Product name – Duravit. Supplier – Meco
Joinery: Product name – American Oak veneer / stainless steel. Supplier – Sanford stainless steel.
Doors: Product name – Dalco door hardware. Supplier – Ingersoll Rand Architectural Hardware; Product name – Madinoz door hardware. Supplier – Madinoz
Other: Product name – Kreon Lighting. Supplier – De De Ce. Product name – Vola Tapware. Supplier – De De Ce. Photos: Rocket Mattler