Docked into the steep rocky strata of the Pacific Ocean coast, this home in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs is a place for contemplation; a place to observe and absorb the shimmer of the water, each fold and fall of the waves, the serene passage of cetaceans and cumulus, the infinite permutations of textures and hues that form a welcome diversion from our urban and global concerns.
▼住宅外观，exterior view © Nicholas Watt
Arranged in an offset layered composition, the geometry of the main frontage reflects the complexity of the front boundary line, both of which are generated by the irregular geology of the site. The angles of each level of the house are precisely positioned to optimise the views for the occupants whilst maintaining neighbourly harmony by ensuring the lines of sight for the adjacent residents are not impacted.
▼住宅采用交错的分层结构，the house adopts a staggered hierarchical structure © Nicholas Watt
In the manner of the bowsprit of a majestic tall ship, the upper storeys of this residence reach out to the expansive horizon vista. At the topmost level a prominent curved glass bow captures the scene spanning from Bronte Beach out to the headlands of world famous Bondi, and decks fit for a captain command breathtaking views.
▼阳台景致，the balcony view © Nicholas Watt
▼带全景落地窗的起居空间，living space with panoramic floor-to-ceiling Windows © Nicholas Watt
▼从餐厅看向海洋，view from the dining room to the sea © Prue Ruscoe
▼细部，details © Prue Ruscoe
▼住宅大门及泳池，the entrance and the pool© Nicholas Watt
▼泳池，pool © Nicholas Watt
Living vertically over several storeys, a stair is no longer merely a transitional space but an integral element of daily life. This stair, which links the garage to the main living areas of the home contains a lift at its core ensuring the livability of the house for multiple generations, and its construction of translucent glass block walls and steps forms an immersive lightwell where the experience of ascending and descending is akin to that of a scuba diver venturing into the deep.
▼连通地下车库与生活空间的楼梯系统，staircase system connecting the underground garage with the living space © Prue Ruscoe
▼便利的电梯与楼梯混合系统，the convenient elevator and stair mixing system © Prue Ruscoe
▼厨房，kitchen © Prue Ruscoe
One level below, panoramic windows in the study allow visual access to a source of endless inspiration, while the recessed master bedroom opens out to a balcony that catches the cool ocean breezes and offers a place of solace. At the ground floor and lower ground floor striations, rammed earth and sandstone are appropriate materials to anchor the house to the point it occupies between the sea and the sky; the more moderate window openings reflect the grounded outlook.
▼书房，the study © Prue Ruscoe
项目建筑师Jane McNeill和室内设计师Romaine Alwill确保了这样一个元素强大的建筑概念也切实地提供了一个宜居且舒适的家庭环境。而这，就是人文主义建筑的先决条件。
Project architect, Jane McNeill and interior designer, Romaine Alwill have ensured that such an elementally powerful architectural concept also provides a livable and comfortable family environment, the prerequisite for humanist architecture.
▼海景卧室，the seaview bedroom © Prue Ruscoe
▼卧室细部，bedroom details © Prue Ruscoe
Location: Bronte, NSW
Council: Waverley Council
Design Architects: Luigi Rosselli
Project Architect: Jane McNeill
Interior Designers: Alwill Interiors Pty Ltd
Builder: Kinn Construction (formerly Paul King Pty Ltd)
Joiner: Sydney Joinery Pty Ltd
Landscape Architect: Secret Gardens
Landscape Installer: Bates Landscape
Structural Consultant: Rooney & Bye Pty Ltd
Rammed Earth: Rammed Earth Australia Pty Ltd
Glass Blocks: Obeco Glass Blocks
Retractable Awning: Tilt Industrial Design
Pool: Wright Pools
Photography: Prue Ruscoe & Nicholas Watt
Photo Credits: © Prue Ruscoe © Nicholas Watt