Vaucluse House by MPR Design Group

Vaucluse House by MPR Design Group

Located in a small scale suburban street, the four storey residence incorporates its primary living areas on the top floor taking advantage of 180 degree views of the city and harbour.


Drop Pegman* from Google Maps on almost any street in the Vaucluse suburb of Sydney, Australia and you are certain to find something nearby that is cool, sleek and modern in the way of residential architecture. The homes along the western waterfront of the South Head peninsula are, simply, quite spectacular with Sydney Harbour shoreline swimming pools, yacht moorings and street side tennis courts. On the eastern shore it’s cliff-top contemporaries looking out over the Tasman Sea.

In the middle, Vaucluse House by MPR Design Group might be the coolest home since “Butterfly House” in nearby Dover Heights. Undergrround parking for 3 to 5 cars, rising through another three levels filled with terraces and balconies, swimming pool, water feature, green space – to say nothing of the actual building and living spaces. This home raises the bar for “small scale suburban streets”.

Google Maps finds Vaucluse house in its former state, a smaller, multi-gabled, apparently wood-frames home typical of others in the area. Bing Maps finds the completed home by MPR Design Group with full plantings and greenery.

Bing Bird’s Eye shows us Vaucluse House in the early stages of excavation, preserving mature trees to the south.

Google Street view delivers the home under construction, with (most) contcrete poured and tangles of both scaffolding and construction trucks. Even from the street you can glimpse a view of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.


Vaucluse House by MPR Design Group
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Original Street View Date: November 2009
 

 

Property Location

Listed location: Vaucluse, NSW, Australia

Vaucluse, NSW, AU
 


 
From MPR Design Group:

The concept for this house was to reflect the topography and landform of the Sydney Habour basin. The house is expressed as a series of horizontal layers – the sandstone clad base echoes the stone cliffs that hug the inlets of Sydney Harbour.

The upper stories of planar white rendered forms respond to the strong northern light found in the southern hemisphere. Between the cantilevered white planes, full height low-E glazing captures the dramatic harbour views whilst maintaining a thermally efficient internal environment.

There was a conscious decision to contrast precise man made materials such as steel and glass with natural materials such as the locally hewn sandstone.

Located in a small scale suburban street, the four storey residence incorporates its primary living areas on the top floor taking advantage of 180 degree views of the city and harbour. With exposure to the north and west and the ability to open up completely to the outside, the house has effective cross ventilation negating the use of air conditioning.

 


 

Vaucluse House by MPR Design Group

 

  • Architect: MPR Design Group*
  • Project: Vaucluse House
  • Location: Vaucluse, Sydney / Australia
  • Completion: 2011
  • Photography: © Brett Boardman

*Following a corporate restructuring in 2013, MPRDG is now operating as two separate entities: JPR Architects and MHN Design Union. Vaucluse House is now featured by MHN Design Union.

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