February 5, 2013

Cooper Park is one of those lush, narrow gullies scattered through Sydney’s hilly topography that you just seem to stumble upon, almost unawares. Dated to the Jurassic age, it is a steep, scrubby isthmus effectively separating Edgecliff from Bellevue Hill. A tiny neighbourhood, sure, but also an intriguing one, so much does it seem to echo with the sounds and sensations of a distant past. Of course, at Tobias Parters one of our priorities – from an ecological, as well as an aesthetic stand point – is to be open to the environment in which we conceive and construct our structures. So, when the client approached us to come up with a four-bedroom family home on a prime Cooper Park plot, we were thrilled.

Essentially, the project is an almost Cubist study in blocks, cascading down a rather steep slope. The volumes themselves are derived from the desire to capture views from the minute you enter the family/entertaining areas, to the minute you go to sleep in your room at night. It’s like a total immersion in nature – the boxes, where open to the surrounding Greygums, Bloodwoods and Coast Mahogany are trimmed in brutalist steel I-beams, allowing the eye to smoothly transition from inside-to-out along the North-South axis of the site.

As for the interior – we’ve gone for restrained, but glamorous, bien sûr.

Author: Nick tobias