The Elysium House, as this project is called, was designed by Christopher Polly Architect.
Located in Sydney, Australia, the five bedroom residence is warm and comfortable, with eco-friendly features such as solar panels and custom beneathfloor heating making firewood storage practical.
Elysium House by Christopher Polly Architect:
“An environmentally sensitive 189 designed Elysium house provides a combination of cultural and sculptural value, expansive views of Sydney Harbour and lush plant meadows beyond an extensive parkland site. Sited at the foot of the Western Sydney Opera House, the house affords 270° views of the park, restored Victorian rural buildings, and grand maritime lantern-like views of the harbour below. Combining grandeur and a sense of place, the home’s distinct design and spirit is expressed with a clear expression of galvanised resin panel paper, timber cladding, striking vertical expressed steelwork.
The crafted timber frame integrates the dwelling with the existing colonnades and park. The loosely shaped timber frame planks of the timber frame evoke a sense of place, expressing the coastal setting as a backdrop. Internally, the subtle articulation of timber frames, connections and centering connections are key to the project, particularly in the entry approach. The glazing to the ceiling height of the northern bedroom extends the length of the external timber floor, heightening the sense of the internal space. To the extent that the external panels remain exposed, internal means cannot be completely concealed, but fully embedded within the fabric of the existing house.”
Photos courtesy of Christopher Polly Architect