Garden House – Wahroongah

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A four bedroom house that dextrously negotiates an existing stand of eucalypts and steep site topography. It is a unique and character-filled response to the suburban subdivision housing typology.

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The proposal takes advantage of fall on the site by incorporating a split-level connection that drops the pavilion by half a storey providing an ‘at grade’ relationship with the lawn to the north. The split level, together with a reverse hip roof-line maximises solar access for the existing house and adjacent neighbours.


The plan strategically locates the kitchen between an east facing family room enabling views to each of the three primary gardens. Courtyards extend internal rooms out into the landscape and provide functional, low maintenance areas for relaxation and entertainment.

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This home stands as a synergy between resolution of essential issues and maximisation of design potential. As a dual occupancy it represents an alternative solution to the normative suburban model. Materials and finishes, whilst cost effective, were carefully designed and detailed to retain a warm, clean-lined aesthetic.

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PROJECT: Garden House
PROGRAM: Speculative Private Residence
LOCATION: Wahroonga, NSW
YEAR: 2006
PEOPLE: Adam Russell, Jason Fraser
COLLABORATORS: A Footprint Green, Appleyard Forrest, Utech Engineers.
BUILDER: Laser Building Services
CLIENT: Private Developer
DATA: 4 bedroom, 3 level, free-standing dual-occupancy house, Site: 377.9 sqm, GFA: 193.0 sqm, FSR: 0.5:1