Doorzien House

Doorzien House

A semi with a Sydney harbour outlook becomes a sensory experience where traditional tensions between public and private space are explored through an interplay of light, solid and void.

Project.
Doorzien House
Category.
Residential
Client.
Private
Location.
Kirribilli, NSW
Completed.
2017
Photography.
Katherine Lu
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Doorzien - “see-through” in Dutch - aptly describes the design strategy for this narrow semi, located on a steep site in a heritage conservation area on Sydney’s Lower North Shore. To move through the dwelling is to feel the Kirribilli topography; a three-metre slab of exposed sandstone bedrock in the cellar is a reminder of place and time.

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The clients’ brief called for a home where “crossing the threshold, the past is left behind”, and where interconnected yet separate living spaces could be experienced simultaneously. Transparency, layered views and intelligent luxury are embedded in the design response for what our clients now call their “forever house”.

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Living spaces were orientated to the rear; multiple interior viewlines serve as a counterpoint to the expansive harbour views. This approach continues to the rear garden, with bleacher-style steps moderating the level change, extending the study and sitting room interiors to form a third living space.

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Textures captured in the luxe bathrooms provide a muted counterplay to the airy insouciance of the living spaces. Art collected over a lifetime is brought together with new pieces on gallery-style white walls with high ceilings, imbuing the dwelling with memories old and new.

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Distinctive in its robust expression, the Doorzien House offers a precedent for breaking rank and dismantling the hillside cottage typology.

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Awards

Merit Award - Alterations and Additions $2.25-2.5M (with SKOPE Constructions), NSW Master Builders Association Excellence in Housing Awards 2018

Highly Commended - Architect Designed Kitchen of the Year, TIDA Australia Kitchen Design Awards 2018
Highly Commended - Architect Designed Bathroom Suite of the Year, TIDA Australia Bathroom Design Awards 2018
Highly Commended - Residential Category, Polytec Design Awards 2017

Articles

Habitus Living
30 April 2018
A Semi-Detached In Kirribilli Gets Views Around Every Corner
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ArchDaily
9 August 2018
Doorzien House
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Archilovers.com
22 July 2018
Australian Interiors
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Inhabitat.com
16 July 2018
Glass elements dramatically open up a solar-powered Sydney home
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