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Tivoli Avenue

This highly prized site in Rose Bay, with a 35-metre frontage, required an equally majestic home. Perched above Rose Bay, the unusual battle-axe site is accessed from a steep driveway. Before any attention was given to the form of a new house, MHNDU investigated the driveway/point of access. The previous location of the garage, well into the site and requiring a steep decline, was redesigned to bring it closer to the front gates.

As well as relocating the garage, the architects plan to excavate the steep site (15-metre fall) to allow for a car lift. This will enable the owners to drive into their garage and move down to the level that’s required, whether its to a living level or to the bedrooms.

Designed for a couple who regularly travel, the brief to MHNDU Architects was to create a level of finish and sophistication that would be afforded in a five-star hotel. Given its position, the architects were also keen not to simply design a monolithic five-storey pile on the cliff face. So the design for Tivoli Road has been cleverly conceived in five different bands that clearly articulate each level. The top level, containing the main bedroom suite, for example, is conceived as a metallic black box. In contrast, the main living area directly below, is conceived like a large viewing platform, with generous floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors leading to an enormous terrace. As the house is orientated to the west to take advantage of the city skyline and harbour, operable external aluminium blinds have been included.

Off formed concrete is used to express the additional four bedrooms, with each bedroom having its own balcony, not dissimilar to a luxury hotel. And at the bottom of the pile, but having as equally impressive harbour views, is the rumpus room and gymnasium that lead to an infinity-edge 25-metre lap pool. Given this property has direct access to the bay, MHNDU also included a boat shed at the lowest level, although ‘shed’ is perhaps not the most appropriate word.

Currently in design and development phase, the Tivoli Avenue house is expected to be completed in 2019. When the gates open and the switch to the lift is activated, the owners will enjoy coming home to this lavish and highly bespoke home that’s unrivalled in Sydney.

Location Tivoli AvenueYear in progress