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McAssey House

Location:
Sydney
Type:
House
Year:
2006
Architect:
Ian Moore Architects

The design of this project has been totally defined by the parameters imposed by its site and the Council controls that apply to it.

The immediate context is one of typical large suburban houses of mixed style, vintage, and architectural merit. There is no uniformity in terms of streetscape and no attempt has been made to blend this house into its context.

The site has dramatic views out over Middle Harbour from Bradleys Head in the east, Manly, Clontarf and the Spit Bridge in the north. The four large gum trees on the site are exceptionally important and the location of the house was manipulated to ensure the retention of all of these trees.

There was one Council imposed consent condition that required the street elevation and front fence to be composed predominantly of stone, to in their opinion relate to the context of masonry building forms in the area. Hence the stone cladding, but the vertical stack bond pattern of the stone tiles make it clear that the material is not being used structurally.

This 4 bedroom house is sited on an irregular shaped block of land on the slope above Sydney’s Balmoral Beach.

Two distinct pavilions have been designed of differing height to respond to the topography and Council height controls.The pavilions follow the alignment of their adjacent boundaries creating a wedge of space between the two.

An entry bridge slips between these 2 pavilions and cascades down a grand stair to the plunge pool and deck below.This is treated as external space with the Basalt stone cladding and hardwood decking of the exterior continuing seamlessly through this space and back again to the outside.

This is emphasised by the frameless sliding glass entry door, which when closed is almost invisible, thus maintaining the view from the street and entry bridge through this space at all times. It is only when one passes through the stone clad reveals of the openings within this space that you are officially inside.

The materials change from external to internal at these thresholds, all of which have no doors, again to emphasise the physical and visual connections across this space.

The western pavilion contains the main bedroom and ensuite on the upper level, with a small roof terrace above the entry space. The middle level mezzanine is a study/music room which overlooks the double height dining area.The large vertical opening to the main stair allows views to Middle Harbour from this level.

The lower level of this pavilion houses the kitchen/dining/living areas, with the laundry and guest bathroom being contained within the Oak clad kitchen pod.

The eastern pavilion contains children’s bedrooms and bathrooms at the upper level, a second living area and garage on the middle level, with self contained guest accommodation, gymnasium and wine cellar on the lower level.

The 2 living areas are the only spaces that are at the same level across the 2 pavilions which allow them to be linked by a large elevated northeast facing timber deck. Set between these 2 living
areas is the plunge pool.

The Basalt stone used for the exterior cladding is also used for the floors to all living spaces and bathrooms. All joinery is in American Oak, while the window and sliding door frames, louvres and cladding to steel beams and columns is bronze anodised aluminium.

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Arne Jacobsen

One-handle build-in mixer with ceramic disc technology.Available with the option of 25 mm, 55 mm (M) or 100 mm (L) lever. Comes with 250 mm swivel spout (030), With 60 mm flanges (001) Available i...

2121L

2121L

Arne Jacobsen

One-handle build-in mixer with ceramic disc technology. Available with the option of 25 mm, 55 mm (M) or 100 mm (L) lever. Comes with 225 mm fixed spout (020) with water saving aerator. Available i...

2201

2201

Arne Jacobsen

One-handle bath build-in mixer with ceramic disc technology. Available with the option of 25 mm, 55 mm (M) or 100 mm (L) lever, 60 mm circular flange (2001) - for use with a combined bath inlet and wa...

Diapason (New)

Diapason (New)

Kreon / Jan Van Lierde

Diapason re-invented A quarter of a century after the design classic "Diapason" was launched by Kreon, the timeless piece in lighting design takes a turn for the future to meet today's re... More

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Down

Kreon / Jan Van Lierde

Light is quintessential Down is designed for recessed use and is characterised by the deeper position of the light source in relation to the ceiling level. Thanks to a multifunctional housing this... More

KV1

KV1

Arne Jacobsen

KV1 One-handle mixer with ceramic disc technology, 360 degree double swivel spout with water saving aerator. Available with the option of 25 mm, 55 mm (M) or 100 mm (L) lever. Available in p...

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