Palm Beach House Sydney


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This three level house is embedded into the surrounding landscape. In utilising the topography of the site the house appears as a double storey dwelling from the street facade. From the street front privacy louvers maintain a sense of discrete living spaces, whilst large glazing panels increase daylight and maximise views connecting the house with its landscaped gardens. The openness of the facade is reflected in the natural flow of the plan and the interior spaces. Daylight and varying framed views create interest and different focal points within the main living spaces and five bedrooms. Balconies on various levels provide additional elevated viewing platforms, enhancing through connectivity, indoor and outdoor living spaces. The dramatic experience of the house culminates in the double height void and mezzanine space to the rear of the house which connects the two living floors together, looking onto the private retreat of the landscaped rear garden and the sea views beyond.

Materiality was of key importance in reflecting the sensibilities of the design and its integration into the landscape. Natural materials such as Australian timbers, Blackbutt and Spotted Gum accentuate the lightness of vertical and horizontal surfaces of the tropical pavilion inspired design. In contrast, the honed natural bluestone, marble and sandstone are cool and grounding, further enriching the tactile material palate of the building.