Bay View House

In this home by Craig Steere Architects an aluminium box form extrudes and appears to perch gracefully on a sculptured column that mimics tree forms of the park opposite.

The Mosman Park home was born from the client’s desire for a strong relationship with the unique characteristics of their site, which overlooks the natural heritage of Bay View Park and the river activity beyond.

Situated on 700sqm, the design philosophy generated architectural forms and volumes that engage harmoniously with its site context.

“Rigorous planning and design provided simplicity and clarity of spaces whilst addressing the project brief, developing a building form that is sympathetic to the streetscape and understating its actual scale,” says architect Craig Steere.

Part of the client brief also highlighted the desire for spaces with the ability to open out completely towards the environment (i.e. no flyscreens), with shelter from the harsh sun and rain, as well as maximising natural light and ventilation.

The ground level accommodates an open plan living, dining and kitchen that diffuse into external gardens and courtyards with primary views of the parkland and river.

The main suite and secondary bedrooms for children and guests reside on the upper level, which continues to address the site with strategically framed outlooks and apertures that invite quality sun and breeze.

On this level, a concrete balustrade unfurls to define the outdoor living and continues to extend deeper into the home in a bid to draw the exterior in to the interior.

“This fluid form then offers the occupants a softened outlook of warm, organic textures mimicking that of the limestone caves and outcrops on the cliffs beyond, further enhanced in the evening by the warm and soft qualities of artificial lighting,” Craig said.

Landscaping and a series of screens maintain a degree of privacy from passing traffic, which lends to the experience of changing qualities of light and shade throughout the home. As a result, the feature aluminium cladding appears to attune its colouring throughout the day.

ESD ideals were met via the installation of hydronic floor heating, a grey water treatment system that services the entirety of the gardens and verge, plus double glazing to all windows and sliding doors, the use of low VOC paints, forest managed timber veneers and LED lighting.

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Craig Steere Architects

Photography: Angus Martin Photography