Congratulations to AAA volunteer Michael MacCormick, principal of the firm MacCormick & Associates Architects on his recent wins in the 2013 Mosman Design Award Competition.
Bantry Bay House has won two awards, the Excellence in the Built Environment Award and the Peoples Choice Award.
The luxury residence, designed and constructed from 2006-2012 is built on a steeply sloped site with expansive views down Middle Harbour.
At the edge of a shear sandstone rock face on the street front, a curved drive navigates up the site to the lowest level of the house which contains spaces such as the garage and home office. The home office adjoins the side of a raised pool with glazed panels viewing into the waters of the pool. A green roof over this level provides both garden space to the stone podium above, as well as thermal mass protecting these spaces from temperature fluctuations.
Pushed to the edge of the property, an external formal entrance stair leads the visitor from level one up to the main entry at the third level of the house. Sitting between two living pavilions, linked by a flat metal roof, the entry views through a landscaped garden to a an exterior kitchen / entertainment courtyard that separates the pavilions and provides a space protected from sun and winds.
The more public functions of the house are housed within the pavilions on level three.
The open plan kitchen, dining, living space are orientated onto the courtyard on one side and a generous curved terrace on the other, with views across the harbour.
Below the living pavilions sits a second stone podium that houses the private functions of the house such as bedrooms. Bedrooms open directly onto the green roof of the garage and also enjoy water views.
Through clever use of geometry in it's planning and utilising retractable exterior venetians, spaces within the house are deliberately designed to reduce the entry of direct summer sun, capture winter sun and protect spaces from the wind, while maximising views of Middle Harbour.
- Article: Vanessa Couzens
- Photographs: sourced from MacCormick & Associates Architects
- Photographer: Huw Lambert