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Mosman Design Awards 2009: 25 Medusa Street

Mosman Design Awards 2009

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25 Medusa Street

This new house is based on a courtyard design, allowing light and ventilation to enter the middle of the house, whilst maintaining privacy from neighbours. The clients wanted a practical house that has flexibility and space for a range of formal and informal living and dining functions.

Living areas have been designed with sliding, translucent glass ‘walls’ that can either separate spaces or slide back to connect adjoining rooms. The main living room and kitchen, open onto a large covered deck for year-round outdoor entertaining, with the pool and north-facing garden beyond.

The bedroom accommodation is contained within two rectangular timber clad ‘boxes’ that sit in an east-west direction across the masonry walls below. One wing contains the children’s bedrooms and bathroom and the other the parents’ bedroom, study, walk-in wardrobe and ensuite, linked by a ‘bridge’ across the dramatic double-height space.

The form of the house is contemporary and stream-lined, which has helped to keep the overall height, bulk and overshadowing to a minimum.

25 Medusa Street
Utz-Sanby Architects
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25 Medusa Street - Main Shot of Northern Elevation25 Medusa Street - Front Elevation, looking through to garden beyond25 Medusa Street – Kitchen connected to covered deck and outdoor dining25 Medusa Street - Double-height space with formal dining25 Medusa Street – Bridge through void, linking bedroom wings