Rose Bay Beach House

This elegant three storey home was conceived as a hidden beach hideaway. With a 007-like entry, the property is accessed via a hidden tunnel amongst “The Shops”. From this mysterious arrival, the view opens up to expansive and breathtaking views of the harbor and Sydney’s most iconic landmarks.

The clients dreamed of a modern home with a beach feel that would be perfect for entertaining. Site challenges included view loss issues for surrounding neighbors, especially those positioned behind the site. The solution was three layered volumes, each level tapering in from the one below it, and each clad in a different material; off-form concrete, timber and the top level setback once more and clad in a metallic finish. This was a strategy that was used to visually break up the volume, allowing the home to fit the scale of the surrounding neighborhood from the water, whilst also maximizing views. By staggering the volumes, we could flood the interior spaces with natural light, and dramatically reduce the impacts on neighboring sightlines.

The ground floor boasts a twelve-metre column-free span, providing a seamless transition to outdoor entertaining areas. The pool has been designed to integrate into the landscape, as high tide comes up to meet the edge of the pool wall, creating a seamless connection with the water.

Location Rose Bay Year 2014Credits Photography Tom Ferguson

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