Palm Beach House

SYDNEY

Located on a very steep, absolute waterfront site the complete transformation and extension of this modest 1940’s residence presented challenges on multiple fronts. Steep terrain, bedrock, waterfront authorities, bushfire risk all contributed to the design challenges. The clients, based in London, also wished to be an integral part of the design process and brought with them very personal and specific desires, most of all the love for the existing house and the multiple established trees.  A major part of the project was the addition of a multi level deck structure which also contained a small guest ‘tree house’ retreat. How this related to the existing house was the subject of my initial involvement and the concept of two complimentary yet contrasting structures was born. One the existing solid and rendered masonry monolith and the other, a massive post and beam, Arts and Crafts Movement inspired structure, weaving through the trees and at some points cantilevered from solid rock. In addition to this were two cedar structures housing the garage and boat house. The resulting network of internal and external spaces created a virtual labyrinth, an architecture laden with diversity and discovery and at times eclectic moments.