The Peninsula House is a renovation to an existing 1970’s waterfront house in Sydney, Australia. As its name suggests, the house occupies a peninsular siting, which inherently confronts a designer with the challenge, private vs public. The desire for street front concealment provides opportunity for articulated and sculptural forms, while the harbour frontage opens itself boldly to the ocean and headland. In an attempt to reconcile this strong east / west duality, the house echoes its 1920’s neighbour, whose strong curves & linear banding showcase it as a home to be viewed in the round.
From the street, the house is split into two distinct wings connected by a single stone drum; a visual pivot point and circulatory heart of the house. The entrance is discreet, slipping behind a cedar screen which travels along the eastern boundary, filtering morning light throughout the living spaces. Internally, the oval drum reveals itself to encase the primary staircase and importantly extends the sculptural street aesthetic into the house. Inside, Point Seymour sits as an iconic backdrop to the living spaces; this boundless scale is balanced with modest spaces, articulated & layered compositions and a palette of materials which provide relief from the exposed setting.