Optimising a small and narrow allotment, Bellevue Hill House is a series of modern forms that express a linear connection, utilising a collection of modern amenities to elevate the everyday and ensure the resulting home both captures the personalities within and becomes a peaceful retreat.
The building is conceived as two distinct pavilions separated by a circulation zone and central courtyard, providing natural light and ventilation to the centre of the house. The front pavilion contains service areas and children’s bedrooms, whilst the rear pavilion contains living areas and the master bedroom zone.
Creating an open generosity throughout was a driver for the otherwise long and restrictive site. By using a restrained palette, minimal finishes, increased internal ceiling heights and reduced partitions within, the home feels perceptively larger. A central courtyard allows for both a buffer and connection to the natural elements. An open stair also encourages natural light to be shared between the levels whilst cleverly integrated joinery offers functionality and continues the same language as the architecture and tactile features throughout.
Bellevue Hill House is shaped for the past, present and future. Replacing an existing California bungalow style home already on the site, the new residence sits in contrast to its predecessor, capturing the fundamentals of contemporary family life with an enduring sensibility. It is a home that is family friendly yet modern, functional, stylish and grounded in place.
Photography by Tom Ferguson
Completed: December 2022
Builder: Cumberland Constructions
Landscape: Myles Baldwin Design