Seidler House, NSW, Australia
Ok perhaps this house is more contemporary than ‘old’ but it is still part of our built heritage. Seidler House is an architectural icon and well worth a visit.
Seidler House was designed by internationally renowned architect Harry Seidler and completed in 1999. It is dramatically positioned in bushland at the edge of a sandstone escarpment high above a remote stretch of the Wingecarribee River. Known as Berman House, named after the first owners, it won the Royal Australian Institute of Architects’ Blacket Award in 2001, a prize bestowed on the most outstanding architecture project outside Sydney.
In about 60 hectares of bush land at Joadja near Mittagong, the wave-style house makes a dramatic statement in the landscape by using the site’s sandstone boulders for its foundations. The split-level, four-bedroom house has a concrete floor and suspended steel structure with glass walls and a 372-square-metre curved roof. Its main living areas and terrace boldly jut out over the escarpment.
The glass-walled living pavilion has huge sitting and dining areas separated by a free-standing fireplace built of local rock. Next to the dining zone is an open-plan kitchen with granite bench-tops and a wood-fired stove.
Along the northern side of the living area is a long terrace with the suspended observation deck at one end. The terrace’s middle section is reserved for outdoor dining, while the other end opens to a rock garden and a deep natural swimming pool set between two cliffs.
The upper pavilion houses another sitting area-library, with open fireplace and glass doors opening to the front garden; the main bedroom with a fireplace, dressing room and ensuite; three huge double bedrooms, a main bathroom and laundry-utility room.
Seidler has used local stone, Alta quartzite for the floors, Verde marina granite and Norwegian stone. White walls complement the stone.
The house is built of fireproof materials, while roof water is collected and stored in a huge tank below entry level.
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