Vaucluse House 1

This house is located on a prominent and restricted corner block in the harbourside suburb of Vaucluse in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. It was designed for a family of five with a large extended family.

The house has sought through the layering of deep stone clad walls, columns and openings to the capture the light and views of the nearby harbour while also giving the occupants privacy and a sense of real enclosure in this exposed location. Subtle offsets in the plan and changes in level give a sense of individuality to each space while maintaining as essentially open plan. The sculptural use of stone and concrete dominate. With the use of recycled timbers and careful metal detailing it gives the house a sense of timelessness and permanent modernity, while satisfying the owners original intent for a Mediterranean style.

The lighting, furnishings, finishes and services were all carefully designed and chosen to reinforce and complement this raw and direct aesthetic. It has a wonderful sense of scale, light and acoustic quality that creates a unique atmosphere.

2003 MBA Best Residence 1.5-2million (Maincorp) Said Residence