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Hill House / Luigi Rosselli

  • 00:00 - 23 August, 2019
  • Curated by Paula Pintos
Hill House / Luigi Rosselli
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Text description provided by the architects. Designed on a steep site, located just below the summit of Bellevue Hill, this substantial residence has been endowed with an eagle’s nest panorama. The harbor is Sydney’s stage set and here on this hill we sit in the dress circle of this theatrical city, the stalls, with their restricted views, lie below in the flat and crowded areas of the town.

© Nicholas Watt
© Nicholas Watt
© Nicholas Watt
© Nicholas Watt

Sydney belongs to a family of towns, nestled on a rocky escarpment that rises over a water basin, much like Lisbon in Portugal, Lausanne in Switzerland and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. 

© Nicholas Watt
© Nicholas Watt

While the ancient Romans preferred flat land, where their rational street grids could be laid out undisturbed by changes in topography, the ancient Greeks, on the other hand, settled on high ground that provided great vistas and created more irregular and naturalistic street layouts. 

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan
First Floor Plan
First Floor Plan

Sydney’s early European settlement was influenced by romanticism and its passion for the picturesque landscape. Once Sydney town’s commercial heart was established in the flattest part of Port Jackson Harbour, the wealthiest settlers moved to the hills east of the town; to the suburbs of Potts Point, Darling Point, Point Piper and Bellevue Hill, where they fell quickly in love with their views of the harbor and its picturesque shores.

© Nicholas Watt
© Nicholas Watt

This love quickly became a possessive passion, and then a commodity. These views are sold by the square meter, and the Councils and the courts spend the majority of their time on residential matters arbitrating on disputes overviews.

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© Nicholas Watt

In Sydney, views have become an almost pathological obsession and when considering views one should recall a saying paraphrased from Proust: ‘Let us leave pretty views to those with no imagination’.

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