"...houses in Sydney with a northern or eastern aspect get the natural benefit of our climate and
geography. Not only is this house on an eastern slope but the north/east view is across the
harbour to the heads..."
This 550 square metre house was commissioned by a professional couple as a luxury home for
themselves and two children. Overlooking Rose Bay with sweeping harbour views of Mosman and
Manly stretching right around to Bondi. The north eastern orientation has been maximised to
optimise the aspect and the natural illumination of the interior. A large external terrace and level
deck swimming pool is wrapped by generous open plan living area which can be opened up via floor
to ceiling glazed stacking doors. The travertine floor plane extends from inside to out at one level to
maximise the sense of space. Bedrooms are accommodated on 2 split upper levels. Children are
separated from parents each with their own bathrooms, studios and living quarters. The plan
configuration of the house is organised so that all bedrooms, studies and living areas face north for
views and north light while all the wet areas face south. Extensive sliding glass doors provide
extensive ventilation. Cantilevered roof overhangs protect the interiors from excessive summer sun
while inviting winter sun to naturally warm the interiors. Natural stack cooling is provided with
supplementary air conditioning provided to achieve ideal comfort levels in winter and summer.