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Alscher Residence



Architect:

Robert Weir

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Aranac

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This two storey house situated on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour. Its planning takes full advantage of views across the reaches of the western harbour back toward the city, while its form and materials address and interpret the heritage context it sits within.he central idea was to use the architectural elements and gable slated roof forms of the surrounding heritage homes in a contemporary way and to within this language, resolve the conflicting constraints of a narrow block with north facing street frontage, and harbour side southern orientation.

The major living areas of the house are clustered around a double height living room and verandah at the southern end of the house and oriented toward the spectacular views across the harbour. The double height living room, hallway and verandah are topped with skylights (hidden from view by the gable roof forms) that allow northern light to penetrate through the upper storey of the house and throughout the main living floor below. Thus a south facing house can take full advantage of the sites views and still enjoy the passive solar benefits of a northern orientation.