Overlooking the bay, this Gordon’s House is set in the hillside which is situated in Sydney, Australia. Well the design of this house composed of three levels and each floor alternatively offset from the boundary by six degree. Meanwhile, the alternating orientation of each tier provides a response to different constraints imposed by the site. The garage floor in this house is skewed to provide an easy access from the adjacent lane. But still it maintains the landscape area at the front of the home. However, the ground level here is on alternate angles northwest towards the view of the bay and the countryside.
This also preserves and improves the vistas from the public street on the southern side of the building. The first floor scissors to create a service of roof terraces and cantilevered overhangs that correspondingly uncover and shield the spaces in the above and below. Thus this ensures that the project does not step on neighbor’s toes, without compromising the quality of the house. It alternates the levels of all pivots around a dramatic double height gallery stairwell. As it accommodates the client’s extensive collection of artwork and it draws the light and air through the center of the home. The house utilizes the off-form concrete slabs and edge beams that allows the structure to cantilever gracefully.
The windows and customized designed wall cladding are similarly treated with ellipsoid aluminum louverers that provide the protection from the aggressive seaside environment. The paints in the materials with the use of new and salvaged timbers and sandstone are stylish. The architecture is embraced and improved through landscaping which is designed by terragram. Set atop the large existing sandstone that retains the wall on the street, is described as a generous lawn which is surrounded by edible plants and trees. So now are you ready to witness the different areas of this Gordon’s Bay house, why don’t you check the images below.
Plants like the olives espaliered citrus, vegetables and herbs help stock the kitchen. The scraps return to the chickens that roam the garden from their bespoke chick house. The public lane to the south has been noticeably enhanced with endemics flowering ground covers and brushes. The operation of the house is supplemented by a a 4.2 km photovoltaic array, large rainwater tanks, solar hot water and pool heating. The residence is air conditioning free which is the result of a contractual arrangement between the architect and the client to achieve a design that did not require it.
This Gordon’s Bay house is designed by Luigi Rosselli Architect. The generous savings considered applications of thermal mass and natural ventilation that operates to minimize the dwellings ongoing environmental impact. The distinctive front door, a steel stair and irregular stonework becomes the frontline of the architecture. It is said that 6 degrees of association separates every human on earth from another. And this Gordon’s Bay House asks how 6 degrees of separation might negotiate a web of complex associations in order to produce an architecture that works for a wide group of people. We do hope that once again we inspired you through this design. May the idea of this house serve as model for your house someday.