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Mosman House II in Sydney

24 August 2023

Architect: Tribe Studio Architects

Location: Mosman, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Mosman House II

Photos by Javier Saiz

Mosman House II, NSW

Tribe introduced a new garden level on the first floor of this home, which appears as a hovering concrete band. Above are the enclosed, private bedroom spaces, whilst below Tribe designed a living space on one floor that fully opens up, including an indoor/outdoor kitchen, living areas that face the view and sun, and a pool in the round.

Mosman House II

The language is robust and contemporary, with charred timber cladding, off-form concrete and fine steel work. There is an inversion in the sense of gravity and scale.

Mosman House II

What is the conceptual framework of the project – including underlying principles, values, sustainable initiatives, core ideas and/ or philosophy?

Located within a notoriously conservative Council, the foundation for this project was to create a new form and expression within an existing Cape Cod envelope. Bedrooms are enclosed in a solid language of screened charred timber at first floor. They sit on a heavy band of off-form concrete which holds a first floor garden. Below this space is the living space, which extends outside to the boundaries of the site. The ground floor is extended flat, above an existing basement garage and laundry level.

Mosman House II

The ground floor of the house also includes a new lift providing access to the garage and a second main bedroom/study. This allows the clients to consider remaining within this home for decades to come, and the option of ageing in place.

Mosman House II

In comparison with many of the neighbouring properties, we sought to keep the first-floor envelope small. By retaining the existing first-floor envelope, we were able to protect light and views to neighbouring dwellings.

What contribution does the design make to the lives of the inhabitants?

Our design opens up the ground floor to the front, accessing sunlight and opening up to the view to middle harbour, while connecting to the existing pool at South.

With the clients being keen entertainers, the new indoor/outdoor kitchen island has been a much-used addition.

Mosman House II

The design increased the net amount of green space on the site by introducing a planted roof to ground floor.

The inclusion of lift access from garage and second bedroom/study, the design gives the potential for the owners to age in place.

What is the relationship of the built form to the context of the project?

With the home facing North towards the view of Sydney’s Middle Harbour and over a grand Moreton Bay Fig tree, Tribe’s design has opened the home up to both views and light. It also respects the views and light of neighbours by retaining a smaller overall footprint and volume.

Mosman House II

Mosman House II, Sydney, NSW – Property Information

Artchitects: Tribe Studio Architects –

Project size: 260 m2
Site size: 450 m2
Completion date: 2021
Building levels: 2

Mosman House II

Photographer: Javier Saiz

Mosman House II, Sydney, NSW images / information received 240823 from Tribe Studio Architects

Location: Suburbs of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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