Perched on a headland in Middle Harbour, Five Gardens House establishes the landscape as a form and spatial generator. Arched ceilings float above a projecting concrete entry roof as if the volume of the rock outcrops in the adjacent bush land have permeated into the building form. Horizontal projections over 3 levels reach out into the landscape and wrap around a spectacular eucalypt in the rear yard.
New work is joyously stitched into the existing building fabric to enhance the modernist aesthetic and create omnipresent connections on all levels to gardens, 3 existing, 1 new rooftop garden and aspect up to the 5th garden, The Knoll.
Internal and external stairs create a spiral circulation system connecting all levels and gardens. Subtle shifts in geometry yield to the prevailing aspect over Sailors Bay. Raw, robust materials and expressionistic structure invite an emotive response and embed the building into the landscape setting.
The house features a ceramic handle on the front door, hand made by David as the house was nearing completion.
NSW AIA Jury Citation: Hugh and Eva Burhrich Award
This delightful and whimsical project effortlessly stitches a new and vibrant addition to a modest 1950s house to take full advantage of its setting on a headland overlooking Sydney's Middle Harbour. David Boyle Architect's reinterpretation of the typical post war house plan, and skillful blending of spaces has created a contemporary family home rich in possibilities for varied habitation.
The delicately woven collection of spaces has been formed through an expertly handled manipulation of volume. The section creates a complex interplay of light that shifts throughout the day to maintain a warm interior. The architecture frames views into unique landscape settings, including five different gardens, initiating generous connections between inside and out.