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Peace and tranquil Z House, Sydney, Australia


Sydney-based architectural practice Bruce Stafford Architects have finished the Z House project. This contemporary family home can be found in Bellevue Hill, Sydney, Australia.

According to the architects: “A guiding principle of the design was to promote the well-being of all members of the family, creating an environment of peace and tranquility. With an abundance of natural light and sunshine, the spaces are interwoven with nature through the use of courtyards, skylights, glazed openings and garden.

“The double height circulation space allows connectedness of spaces whilst still retaining their privacy.

“Having no expansive external views, the house creates its own vistas and depth of field through the use of permeable spaces which connect to landscape. These spaces are designed to capture different qualities of natural light, creating a moving tapestry as the house responds to the shifting sunlight.

“The main house embodies solidity, reliability, dependability – it is a place of safety providing a protective anchor for the lighter elements.  A timber box is held lightly within the solidity of the curving concrete form, and is separated by a glass light well that extends through the centre of the contemporary Australian house.

“The finely slatted box in the form of a cocoon provides a resting place for the children.”

Images courtesy of Karl Beath, Erik Smithson and Vincent Chi


Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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February 5, 2013 | Property | View comments

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