Design/Completion 1950

Castlecrag, Sydney

Mr & Mrs T Meller

160 m 2

Brick, steel and timber

The long side of this steeply sloping rocky site faces North-East toward Sydney Harbour. The 160 m2 house maximises this outlook by exposing every room’s glass wall and terrace to the view and arranging them in three longitudinally split-level floors connected by ramps. The resulting horizontal spaciousness is amplified by the vertical openness which penetrates all levels. The opposing roof slopes impart a dynamic quality to the building’s profile which expresses the different floor levels.

Construction is of cavity brick walls and steel beams supporting timber floors. The upper floor is cantilevered over a huge rock boulder which remains untouched.