Design King Company
Since the beginning of Design King in 1996, we have been privileged to work with many individuals, families and business people happy to trust us with the creation of their homes and workplaces. Our practice has grown in expertise and capability, but we have never wavered from our commitment to creating challenging architecture that works. Design King created buildings that are exciting, stimulating and distinctive. We are ambitious architects.
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Elizabeth Bay House
Elizabeth Bay, NSW, 2010
The client wanted a house that would add positively to the streetscape and connect the occupants to this rich and varied context, while also providing a private and secluded inner world. A house that would simultaneously provide prospect and refuge. The plan of the three level house with its wide central hallway, inner courtyard and double height verandah to the north, gives visual transparency and connection to the rich surrounds, cross ventilation, protection from sun and rain, but most importantly a real sense of enclosure and privacy. The project also included the integration of a heritage-listed boatshed, a pool and facilities and significant landscape works. The primary architectural elements that define the house are load bearing brick walls, which have a warmth, colour and timeless character which, will weather and age with dignity. Forming the balance of the facade are beautiful western red cedar panel sometimes 9 metres high. They act as cladding, window and furnishing simultaneously. Brass, timber, steel and copper elements complement the brickwork and cedar panels.
Palm Beach House
Palm Beach, NSW, 2004
Designed as a family holiday home and a potential future permanent residence, this house sits high on the north east facing headland of Sydney’s famous Palm Beach. In close collaboration with Stephen Collins Interior Design, the aim was to create a seamless connection between the interior and exterior on this spectacular site. With panoramic views through 180 degrees to the north, the house essentially allows for complete transparency in this direction with large operable glazed openings and dramatic cantilevered roofs. To the south the rear of the house encapsulates a sheltered courtyard with a pond providing a more intimate connection to the site, and providing shelter from the street. A lower level provides for a family theatre, services and guest accommodation. It is connected to a partially wooded area of remnant bushland that will be carefully regenerated and landscaped.
Coledale, NSW, 2007
This family house rests under the great escarpment just north of Wollongong, in Coledale. With stringent geotechnical and bushfire requirements the house creates a warm and safe family enclave amongst the rain forest. A spectacular rising roof form links the house to the trees and escarpment above.