Set in an enclave of elite homes in Sydney’s Point Piper sits an award-winning, architecturally designed property that exemplifies the prestige homes the suburb is renowned for.
It was Durbach Block Architects who were tasked with creating a large, spacious home on a relatively small piece of top-tier land. At the time, the brief was deemed “radical” for the difficult hill and habourside position, and in total it took five years to create. The four-bedroom home was completed in 2003.
The result is a refined, modern house that has stood the test of time. The recipient of the Robin Boyd Award for residential architecture in 2004, the home is as worthy of the accolade over a decade later.
The bottom level of the home is built into the hillside and is considered as the functional “base” – housing extra bedrooms, bathrooms and storage. On top, a slimmer, double-storey structure floats on steel columns to create cavernous living quarters. Viewed from above the home is S-shape – a design choice to ensure that each room has a harbour view.
It is this middle level of the home that’s the true highlight. Atrium-like ceilings, harbour views, with ample glass windows and sliding doors to take it all in through. It also opens up to a sun-drenched entertaining terrace which adjoins a 23-metre lap pool.
Forget your stock-standard square skylights. These ones span two levels and appear like S-shaped fissures to mimic the overall shape of the home.
The bottom level rooms open onto tiered and perfectly maintained gardens, with a snaking staircase down to Wyuna Road. The garden’s mature pink frangipani and gum trees provide ample shade for lounging around on a summer afternoon, and taking in the harbour views.