Cooper Park House

December 18, 2014

Location: Woollahra NSW

Working with its steep site, this new split-level family house is designed to capture panoramic northerly views into Cooper Park in Sydney’s east, and discreetly frame views of a sandstone escarpment to the south.
The site drops one storey from the street level to the rear garden, and the house steps with it. The levels intersect around a central stairwell with glazing to the east and west, filtering natural light into the communal areas.
To the north is the double-height open plan living space with the study to one side and guest suite cantilevered out over the dining area. Down a half level from the entry is the rumpus room opening to a private sunken garden below street level. The main rear garden faces north off the living area and incorporates a lawn, a swimming pool and covered dining space. Bedrooms occupy the top floor, two of them overlooking the sunken garden to the south, and the master suite commanding panoramic park views to the north.

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Houses Awards – New House over 200m2 – Commendation, 2014

Australian Institute of Architects – NSW Architecture Awards – Shortlist, 2014

Australian Institute of Architects – NSW Architecture Awards – Shortlist, 2015

Press & Media:

Pearson, Chris. “Outside In.” Belle Australia Magazine, November 2014: 176-183. Print

Le Fort, Clara (2014 December 22). In touch with: Nick Tobias, Modernist of our times. Retrieved from



Author: Nick tobias