Castlecrag is on the spectacular rocky foreshores of Sydney Harbour’s northern headland overlooking Middle Cove,is one of the most beautiful out of the way parts of Sydney. Originally developed by Walter Burley-Griffin and his wife, it was intended to be the perfect garden suburb, and many of his most famous homes can be found here.
Designed by Sydney architect Virginia Kerridge, 7 The Tor Walk has featured in Monument Magazine (vol 51), 100 Amazing Sydney Homes, and Australian Sand Castles, it was built by multi-award winning builder John Fielding.
This new house explores ideas of space and light versus heaviness and connection with earth. The house is designed to embrace and enhance the site. The steep block allowed for a house that was connected yet had separate spaces both inside and outside to allow for privacy and separation.
The steeping down of the building also allows for different garden and courtyard views. The lower levels relating to the earth are constructed of off-form concrete and rendered masonry. The upper level is constructed using lightweight steel elements and finely detailed timberwork. The house echoes the elegant and slender forms of the surrounding bushland.