Neeson Murcutt Architects

Castlecrag House

2011 AIA National Architecture Robin Boyd Award
2011 AIA NSW Chapter Award
2011 BPN Sustainability Residential Special Mention

The house is located in a unique Sydney bush suburb. The site itself has three particularly special qualities – a beautiful sandstone outcrop to the street, an adjacent bush reserve, and tranquil water views to the bay. The project aims to amplify the experience of ‘nature’ with a pinwheel plan responding directly to the site – a room to the rock, a room to the bush, and a room to the view. There was a strong desire to retain a sense of the original in the new as the existing house was built by the client’s grandfather. Elements such as the chimney and surrounding fireplace joinery were carefully protected during construction, and the marrying of ‘new’ and old brickwork left exposed to view. The house is organized over four levels, with shared family spaces at the entry level, parents above and children below, hovering over an externally accessed pool level.

Featured in:
Indian Architect & Builder vol.28 no.8
Costruire in Laterizio: Australia Issue 155 New Suburban by Stuart Harrison
The Sydney Morning Herald, 2011
BPN, 2011
C+A Issue 16
Artravel Issue 39
Houses Issue 81
New South Wales Architecture Awards 2011