Our brief for this new two storey dwelling was for a family home of 5 bedrooms, a study and associated living rooms set within a tightly scaled streetscape of detached houses and apartment buildings in North Bondi, Sydney. Conceptual Framework – From ‘macro geography’ to ‘micro geography’The project’s conceptual framework continued our exploration of architecture as a form of geography making. It addressed the curious geography of Bondi, which at the macro scale is connected to some of the archetypal experiences of Sydney’s geography – the Pacific Ocean, Coastal headlands, beach, big sky and rugged coastal flora – but at the micro scale of the individual site is characterised by long, narrow sites of poor building stock and poor amenity in terms of natural light and privacy. Our project attempted to overcome this dilemma by actively constructing a micro geometry on the site in terms of climate, amenity and connection to sky and landscape. The key project elements in creating this geography are a subtle, varied topography of the ground plane, a brick base of varied heights according to the outlooks they are opening or screening, and an upper level consisting of three ‘bridges’ spanning the brickwork, creating an internal rhythm of bedroom volumes and double height skylight voids that define the interior.
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