Modern and sleek home overlooking Sydney Harbour

The Vaucluse House is a luxurious four level property designed by architecture  studio MPR Design Group in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The home is nestled on a small scale suburban street, with its primary living areas situated on the top floor to take full advantage of the fabulous 180 degree views of the city and harbour. According to the architects, “the concept for this 6,458 square foot (600 square meters) house was to reflect the topography and landform of the Sydney Harbour basin. The house is expressed as a series of horizontal layers – the sandstone clad base echoes the stone cliffs that hug the inlets of Sydney Harbour.”

“The upper stories of planar white rendered forms respond to the strong northern light found in the southern hemisphere. Between the cantilevered white planes, full height low-E glazing captures the dramatic harbour views whilst maintaining a thermally efficient internal environment. There was a conscious decision to contrast precise man made materials such as steel and glass with natural materials such as the locally hewn sandstone. With exposure to the north and west and the ability to open up completely to the outside, the house has effective cross ventilation negating the use of air conditioning.”

Photos:  Brett Boardman

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