An Iconic Piece of Architectural History :: Would you love to live here?

Organic, flowing lines of poured concrete,

oozing themselves into walls, into cocoons of rooms,

forming a house reminiscent of swirled vanilla ice-cream,

a house built in 1971 on Sydney's north shore, at Newport,

as a home for the young architect David Hollander. 


Hollander would go on to design many commercial projects,

becoming Director of DEM Architecture in Sydney,

and be awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects.


But is was this house, his own, which received a swathe of publicity 

when it was built, as one of the few examples of Organic Architecture

built in Australia at that time, using poured concrete to achieve the geometry.


And as it is currently for sale, 

let's check it out to see if you may like to imagine yourself living here...



Let's start with the floor plan....

...because that is where the intriguing geometry begins. 


And while the spatial relationships of the rooms 

reflect the Modernist thinking of the time

(kitchen as a functional workhouse with servery to the dining,

study to the front of the home,

a living area adjacent the dining

with only the suggestion of separation between them,

modest sized bedrooms by contemporary thinking, etc.),

it's the imaginative use of poured concrete for the walls 

which allows the fluid, organic lines of the building to play a rhythm of their own.

The scalloped walls play the same music as the floor plan:

with swirls dancing between the tops of the dwarf walls

and the curvaceous ceilings.


Influenced by the adobe buildings of Africa

and the South Western United States,

Hollander played out the organic lines to their logical conclusion,

creating a split level building to "hug" the steep block

on which it sits.

Not surprisingly, it has received a fair bit of attention

over the years.

2 years after it was built, Australian House & Garden magazine

voted it one of the top 5 houses of the year in 1973.

It was featured in Vogue in 1975,

and in its recently renovated state it has been featured 

in Real Living (2013) and SMH (2014).


Currently owned by the interior designer Nancy Renzi,

the house has been on the market for a while,

which is perhaps not surprising given the dominating personality 

of the house. 

It will suit a very specific buyer, I suspect,

although the thought does occur to me that it would be an amazing venue

for an intimate restaurant. 


But how about you?

Would you love to live here?

more details about the architecture on the real estate listing can be found here