This new house in Coogee in Sydney’s eastern suburbs is structured around a water feature and double-height dining space, making the most of this tight suburban site. Generosity of space is provided through the double-height volume, allowing other secondary spaces to be more modest and intimate. The stair is a major element in the house and is designed to be a prominent architectural element, while still providing an intimate experience on the stair within the larger space.
The house employs timber extensively in framing, cladding, flooring, and ceilings, adding a richness to the spaces and warmth, particularly in the upper levels where occupants are closest to the clear finished timber ceiling. A carefully detailed glass roofed pergola forms the major outdoor space – a space that has proved to be a true living space in itself, adding significantly to the size of the house.