Stephen Petrie Architects
Stephen Petrie Architects was established in 1990 with the intent to focus solely on residential projects. The practice takes a modern and innovative approach to design and seeks to design spaces relevant to satisfy specific client and site needs. Particular emphasis is placed on orientation, light, ventilation external/internal relationships, privacy and views. The practice has completed high profile houses including the 2004 winning entry for the ” Mosman Green” competition. This was an open competition to architects to design a ‘green’ house in Mosman, sponsored by Archicentre, the advisory arm of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and was completed in 2005.
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Mosman NSW, 2005
.Mosman Green was the result of winning the 2004 Archicentre Design Competition for the renovation of a single storey cottage with emphasis on Environmentally Sustainable Design principles. 70% of the original structure was maintained. A new first floor was added to the building and a new 2 storey pavilion added, linked by a central stair and flanked by 2 centrally located courtyards. The new design is on four half levels built around the courtyards. Each level has access to a garden, courtyard or terrace.
This contemporary Mosman house was a very significant renovation and addition to a 1960s single storey house with a basement void for future development which never occurred. The existing house was virtually unfit for living, and the design has transformed into a modern house with open plan living spaces. The top floor was completely renovated and a new floor added below with access to an infinity edge pool which takes advantage of the northern sun. The design terraces down to the harbour, taking advantage of the large space below the original house and orients the new living spaces toward the views down the valley to the water.
The existing brick cottage was demolished to allow a brand new modern house on 3 levels to be built overlooking Middle Harbour. The north east facing site is extremely steep with unconstricted views of the Harbour. Its triangular shape set its own challenges. Although completely modern in planning and design it is hardly visible from the street and is only seen as a 3 storey house from the Harbour. Extensive use of terraces and courtyard areas at each level allows each level to operate independently with direct access to the outside. Maximum advantage of the views has been obtained by terracing down the site. The water edge pool with Harbour views beyond provides a dramatic backdrop to this very elegant house.