Bay View House


Bay View House


Mosman Park


Craig Steere Architects / @csaarchitects / Craig Steere Architects

"Our clients desired an emphatic relationship with the unique characteristics of their site overlooking the natural heritage of Bay View Park and river activity beyond.
The design philosophy seeks to generate architectural forms and volumes that engage harmoniously with its site context; interacting with the immediate vicinity of the streetscape and broadly with the adjacent bush trail park.

Rigorous planning and design provided simplicity and clarity of spaces whilst addressing the project brief, developing a building form that is sympathetic to the streetscape and understating its actual scale.

An aluminum box form appears to perch gracefully on a sculptured column that mimics tree forms of the park. The upper floor concrete balustrade (which offers privacy upstairs) gently unfurls to define the outdoor living and continues deep into the home, in a strategy to draw the exterior to its interior. This fluid form offers occupants a softened outlook of warm, organic textures, evoking the limestone caves and outcrops on the cliffs beyond, further enhanced in the evening by the warm and soft qualities of artificial lighting. Moveable slimline glazing frames provide virtually unobstructed views.

The ground floor of this family home accommodates open plan living, dining, and kitchen that diffuse into external gardens and courtyards with primary outlooks towards the parkland and river. The upper level with secondary bedrooms for children and guests, main bedroom, ensuite and dressing continue to address the site, with outlooks strategically framed, and apertures that invite quality sun and breeze.

The cool crisp edges of feature metal cladding and screens are often counteracted with warm timber cladding and limestone tiling. The exterior material palettes are carried into the inside in a controlled manner, with their soft light tones diffusing natural light deep within the interiors. The organic language of the street elevation was also carried through into various elements of the interior detailing, providing a soft juxtaposition against the typically linear and occasionally angular planes.

A passion for quality workmanship and design was paramount for our clients, creating ongoing challenges to a controlled budget, with the results being clients reinforced by their values for quality design."

Words by Craig Steere Architects

 All images by Angus Martin