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Vaucluse | Inner sanctum
Architect Bruce Stafford discusses the project
What were the key material choices? We used a
warm an d natural material palette, in pa rticular the
imaginative use of lo cal timber, w hich mi rrors the
indigenous forest adjacent to the site. We used it to
clad parts of the facade, as well as featu re walls and
han drails, a nd then ca rried this theme throu gh to
the cou rtyard as decking.
What other design elements did you use to
reinforce the resort-style design? I incorporated
water wherever possible. It’s got su ch a cal mi ng,
healing effect. At night, co lou r-chan ging LED
lighting chan ges the moo d from a laid-back sun ny
deck to a theatrical en ter tain men t space.
Do you have any tips for re novations? Often,
retaining the existing footprints in o lder hou ses
can resu lt in more squa re fo otage. If we had
kno cked down the stru ctu re an d built afresh
we wou ld have been at the me rcy of cu rrent,
stringent plan ning laws requi ring us to build
much fur ther back from the bou n dar y.
STOCKISTS Bruce Stafford Architects brucestafford.
co m (architect) Corian www.casf.com.au Heymann -Cohen
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horizonhabitats.com.au (builder) Lisa Stein Interiors
lisasteininteriors.com.au (interiors) LouvreTec w w w.louvretec.
co.n z Moku m Fabrics w ww.mokumtextiles.com Navlam
Laminate www.newageveneers.com.au Nicholas Bray
Landscapes landscapingarchitect.com.au (landscaping) Niche
Kitchens (02) 9999 0186 (kitchen joinery) Northern Beaches
Co ns ulting Engine ers nbconsulting.com.au (engineer) Reece
www.reece.com.au Rich ard Allen Lan dscapes (02) 9499 3308
(landscaping) Ven tal A ustralia www.vental.com.au Yellow Goat
Custom Lighting www.yellowgoat.com.au Zumtobel Lighting
the upper cliff. Accessed by a suspended
walkway and stairs sliced deep into the
rock, the structure is a timber-clad,
lightweight steel box, delicately perched
above the house.
The natural rock surfaces arguably
play the lead role in the design, sounding
off the fresh vegetation that surrounds
the house and is glimpsed from the
interiors, most notably in the master
bedroom. In this home, modern, simple
and comfortable f urnishings support the
brief for a relaxing retreat, with a backdrop
of glass and natural wood.
Glancing back at the house from the
courtyard, the design is strong, clear and
dramatic. The series of interconnected
vertical and horizontal forms all intersect
seamlessly, enjoying a mutual palette of
timber, glass and stone. All the views have
been maximised, particularly the harbour
vista from the suspended sanctuary.
“It’s a wonderful space,” says Sandy,
“A place to retreat and re-energise.” The
Kings, grateful they stood their ground
so to speak – are once again elated at
their newly character-filled and fully
recognised Vaucluse abode.
07. The master bedroom deck, which benefits from a
combination of fixed and moveable timber louvres and blinds
to control sunlight, privacy and views. To enhance the feeling
of spaciousness and make the most of double-sided views,
the architect designed a freestanding bed and bed-head with
integrated power and bedside tables in Navlam Sandblasted
Chai laminate, with Limburg pendant lights from Zumtobel.
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