Alterations and Additions
Stafford Architecture — Architect
Stafford Architecture — Interior Design
Secret Gardens — Landscape Designer
Nicholas Watt — Photographer
Lucia Braham — Photographer Stylist
Perched upon a double site atop Sydney’s Harbourside suburb of Hunters Hill, Three Palms presented a vast monolithic home in a dress circle location. Our clients wished to adapt the existing spaces to suit the multiple generations of family members who would visit along with contemporising the aesthetic detailing of the home.
Our long term collaborators, Stafford led the Architecture and Interior Design of the home and sought to reorganise space into unique usable zones whilst unifying the home through the use of detailing and materiality. The existing house had a number of significant structural and construction defects and required extensive remedial work. This presented considerable challenges as the requirement was to retain the existing footprint of the house and extend the home to facilitate the clients evolving needs.
Addressing the remedial requirements of the home was a key priority and required a full strip out of the existing structure followed by strengthening the roof, underpinning areas of the house and then re-building sections. Utilising a complex methodology, we excavated an additional basement level to create a Home Theatre, Rumpus, Powder Room and Wine Cellar.
The pool and outdoor entertainment areas underwent significant modifications with a new shallower pool built for the Clients Grandchildren and living spaces added such as a Kitchenette, Sauna and Bathroom.
Now featuring three levels, Three Palms engages with its panoramic harbour and city views throughout. The ground floor is dedicated to the main focus of casual family living, which transitions through to more defined dining and lounge areas. The first floor accommodates five bedrooms with ensuites and a study area overlooking the double height entry foyer.
The vast spaces are grounded with a sophisticated and tactile palette of natural material finishes and textural patterns. Resulting in a home to be admired and enjoyed for generations.
The project was complex due to its unique design and steep sloping site and Critharis completed ahead of time and on budget. They have been a pleasure to work with… Every project faces challenges during construction and we have found them to be supportive, honest and always looking for solutions.
Bruce Stafford — Stafford Architecture
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