Perched along the edge of a 15-metre rock face, Raleigh house commands impressive views of the city, the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Positioned lengthways along an exposed corner block, the site orientation required solutions for solar gain, insulation and privacy. Resolution came in the form of a long elegant Brise soleil integrated into the façade, providing solar protection and the level of intimacy and security the clients desired; whilst never compromising natural light and passive solar gain in the winter. This move creates a strong architectural language with utility; it’s elegant blades granting a visual rhythm as it protects against the elements and prying eyes. Within the cloister, grand living areas reach out to the landscape and city beyond, providing ample space for entertaining and gathering as a family. Secluded bedrooms enjoy unobstructed views as well as a sense of peace and separation from the main living areas below. A new swimming pool is integrated into the landscape along the back boundary, hovering over the edge of the site. This home delivers on its promise to strike the perfect balance between public and private spaces, openness and security; and expansive yet intimate living.
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