Projecting out from the Sydney Clifftop, Durbach Block's Holman House offers breathtaking views of new architectural horizons while affording generous perspectives on past migrant influences.
A Picasso painting inspired this cliff-top house near Sydney by architects Durbach Block Jaggers.
Sited on the edge of a 70-metre high cliff, the plan of Holman House refers to Picasso’s painting - The Bather.
It contains a complex series of fluid living spaces set within a meandering perimeter that arcs, folds and stretches in response to sun, landscape and views.
Living and dining areas cantilever out over the ocean, allowing dramatic views up and down the coast.
The lower floor forms a base that is built from rough stone walls like an extension of the cliff below. These walls continue along the cliff edge to form a series of eccentric terraced gardens and a vase-shaped rock pool.
An alteration to an existing heritage villa house. A new house is made within the existing envelope behind the heritage facade. A major skylight on the rear roof scoops light, passing into the depth of the building through a variety of means. A simple palette of materials is used for screen walls, book lined walls, niches and small openings.
These simultaneously complete rooms and make connections to neighbouring spaces. Views across and through rooms and to a new landscaped courtyard increase the sense of complexity, depth and spaciousness. A looping, elastic staircase and void links all three levels.