Borrowing the name of its location, the Gordons Bay House proudly displays its three-story concrete shape on a hillside in Sydney, Australia. A challenging site gave Australian studio Luigi Rosselli Architects the idea of alternating the orientation of each floor, offering views of the surroundings and respecting the neighboring residences. The ground floor garage was designed to allow easy access from the driveway and not obstruct views from upper floors. Roof terraces and cantilevering levels capture surrounding views and cover or expose the spaces below.
Arranged around a double-height gallery stairwell showcasing the owner’s artwork collection, social and private spaces are naturally ventilated and offer modern comfort for the dwellers. Building materials – concrete slabs, custom wall cladding, salvaged timber and sandstone – were chosen to compose a contemporary array of interior spaces and a splendid facade. The manicured landscape garden features a lawn surrounded by olives, espaliered citrus, vegetables and herbs that provide fresh kitchen produce. Photovoltaic systems, rainwater tanks, solar hot water and pool heating systems reduce the environmental impact of this wonderful modern residential construction.