Cooper Park is one of those lush, narrow gullies scattered through Sydney’s hilly topography that you just seem to stumble upon, almost unawares. Dated to the Jurassic age, it is a steep, scrubby isthmus effectively separating Edgecliff from Bellevue Hill. A tiny neighbourhood, sure, but also an intriguing one, so much does it seem to echo with the sounds and sensations of a distant past.
Of course, at Tobias Parters one of our priorities – from an ecological, as well as an aesthetic stand point – is to be open to the environment in which we conceive and construct our structures. So, when the client approached us to come up with a four-bedroom family home on a prime Cooper Park plot, we were thrilled.
Essentially, the project is an almost Cubist study in blocks, cascading down a rather steep slope. The volumes themselves are derived from the desire to capture views from the minute you enter the family/entertaining areas, to the minute you go to sleep in your room at night.
It’s like a total immersion in nature – the boxes, where open to the surrounding Greygums, Bloodwoods and Coast Mahogany are trimmed in brutalist steel I-beams, allowing the eye to smoothly transition from inside-to-out along the North-South axis of the site.
This house has an atmosphere of classic serenity and tropical luxe.
Pared back, high quality furnishings enhance strong architecture. Tropical foliage outside is offset by sophisticated resort-style furnishings in a palette of black steel, white linen, leather and wood. Rich jewel coloured art and accessories add warmth and life.
Working with its steep site, this new split-level family house is designed to capture panoramic northerly views into Cooper Park in Sydney’s east, and discreetly frame views of a sandstone escarpment to the south.
The site drops one storey from the street level to the rear garden, and the house steps with it. The levels intersect around a central stairwell with glazing to the east and west, filtering natural light into the communal areas.
To the north is the double-height open plan living space with the study to one side and guest suite cantilevered out over the dining area. Down a half level from the entry is the rumpus room opening to a private sunken garden below street level. The main rear garden faces north off the living area and incorporates a lawn, a swimming pool and covered dining space. Bedrooms occupy the top floor, two of them overlooking the sunken garden to the south, and the master suite commanding panoramic park views to the north.