Setting sail...

Tony Owen Partners completes Bill's House in Sydney

by James 27 December 2009
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    Tony Owen Partners has just completed Bill’s House in Sydney’s inner west. The design was influenced by the materials and forms of Mediterranean Architecture. The curved shell forms reflect the sails of the fishing boats from the Greek Islands.

    The dominant feature of the house is the curved sail-like rear white walls. These walls soften the massing and bring a lightness to the house. The walls break up the space and progressively dematerialize the house into a series of cantilevered vertical and horizontal planes to the rear. The kitchen and living areas of the house finally dissolve into a large outdoor room for entertaining. This space contains a glass swimming pool with a pool bar and an a minimalist outdoor seating enclosure.

    A feature of the house is the large central staircase element. The original idea for this stair came from the James Bond movie ‘Never Say Never Again’. The complex geometries of the curved structures required the house to be designed entirely using 3-D computer modelling software.


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