North Bondi House / Scale Architecture

North Bondi House / Scale Architecture

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Houses  · 
North Bondi, Australia
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Scale Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    268.0 m2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Austral Bricks, Eco Outdoor, Schüco
  • Architects in Charge

    Matt Chan, Nathan Etherington, Justin Cawley, Georgia Forbes-Smith
  • Photographs

  • Structural Engineers

    SDA Structures
  • Hydraulic Engineers

    Liquid Hydraulics
  • Planning Consultants

    aSquare Planning
  • Builder

    Yuncken Construction
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Text description provided by the architects. Situated atop the Sydney sea cliffs on Ben Buckler point, the project responds to its unique topography, by closely following the natural contours of the site. 


The house is split across two levels, taking full advantage of the views to both sides of the ridge, while a central void containing a sculptural steel stair, brings natural light deep into the plan.

© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

The folded steel stair connects the different levels with a single gesture, framing a sequence of views through the house as it turns in on itself, while a diagonal shift in the stair introduces a tension that breaks with the house’s otherwise orthogonal geometry.

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan

The house is designed to take in the stunning views offered by the site, with uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean to the east and panoramic the view to Bondi Beach and the city beyond to the west.

© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

A simple palette of materials of exposed white brick walls are complemented by natural limestone and spotted gum hardwood floors defines the character of the project, while fine steel detailing to openings and balconies, provide a lightweight counterpoint to the masonry walls.

© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

The project has been designed to ensure year-round thermal comfort without the need for energy-hungry air conditioning. Operable external blinds on the upper levels allow control of shade and privacy, keeping the house cool in summer without inhibiting solar access in winter. Hydronic underfloor heating provides energy efficient heating and exposed brick walls add thermal mass, helping to regulate the internal temperatures. 

© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

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Cite: "North Bondi House / Scale Architecture " 11 Dec 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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