Positioned to take in spectacular views towards Sydney Harbour the client desired an extremely private house, yet required it to open on three sides; to the views, the sunny northern aspect and the rear garden. In response to the brief Chen Chow Little architects designed the house with a protective masonry shell. The walls of the masonry shell are faceted and heavy, and have been sculpted to provide the necessary privacy to the interior without sacrificing solar access. Designed to fit within the local planning envelope controls, the walls diminish in height when approaching the boundary, creating a zigzag profile on the northern façade. The resultant geometry foreshortens the perspective of the building when viewed externally, whilst the oblique angles manipulate and extend the perspective depth of the interior.
The living rooms on the ground level are arranged around irregularly shaped courtyards, a maple tree and mirrored cores. The solid textured render of the external walls contrasts with the spotted gum timber internal lining of the house. The materials are left raw and un-coated and are designed to weather with age.
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