The suburb, a precursor to the Garden City movement, was subdivided in the 19th century with sandstone mansions and Victorian timber cottages sitting side by side, with large gardens and private parks containing centuries old trees.
It was natural to choose stone and timber to build a new house on the edge of one of these private parks. Sydney sandstone has a slightly yellow hue that darkens and becomes more attractive over time.
Post tensioned concrete slabs have been cantilevered with minimal steel post support to cover the main garden terrace. Behind vertical timber shutters, curved glass windows span from floor to ceiling.
Additionally, one can move fluidly from the entry to the open plan living space while hardly noticing the floor to ceiling timber door that, when open, is entirely hidden in the wall but when closed completely separates the open plan area from the rest of the house.
All this modern machinery for easy living could end up being sterile and boring without a dark side: take the stairs to the basement and you will find a subterranean level housing a car collection, a home theatre, workshop, and wine cellar.
Location: Hunters Hill, NSW
Design Architect: Luigi Rosselli
Structural Consultant: BG&E Pty Ltd http://www.bgeeng.com/
Joiner: Sydney Joinery (Aust) Pty Ltd
Landscape Designer: Rolling Stone Landscapes https://www.rollingstonelandscapes.com/
Landscape Installer: Hilli Landscapes http://www.hillii.com/welcome.html
Photography: Justin Alexander, Edward Birch, Jane McNeill
© Jane McNeill
© Justin Alexander
© Edward Birch
Lower Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan
First Floor Plan