THE VEE HOUSE
Situated on the hill behind Bondi Beach, the wedge shaped property slopes steeply initially, with a substantial level garden at the rear.
The steep incline has been harnessed into a terraced garage base to the street, topped by two long pavilions that straddle the side boundaries. They connect via a
glazed double volume entry ‘gasket’. The courtyard between them becomes a focus to the entire dwelling with its 24m swimming pool.
Each pavilion is a glazed double story cube to the street, stepping down to single story at the rear. A third garden pavilion accommodates the spa, sauna, and Japanese’s bathhouse.
The two pavilions reflect the programmatic requirements, while resolving the conflicting demands of a rear northern garden with the southern ocean views.
The eastern pavilion has an upper floor master suite with sea views, with public living on the ground floor.
The media/lounge room, stairwell, lift and the children’s wing inhabit the ground floor of the western pavilion. Operable walls off the bedrooms orientate them to the
pool. The upper floor study accesses both the southern ocean views and the western city skyline. This pavilion is completed with a guest suite and a stairwell to
the roof deck.
The glazed double-volume connection between the pavilions is layered with a timber screen and zinc clad blades. These elements form a separating device between the formal entry- circulation space and meals area.
Young architect, Ian Lim, was the project architect, with Greg Williams and Gina Krastev contributing substantially to the documentation of this complex building.
Sustainable technologies range from photovoltaic panels delivering electricity and heating to both the pool and via hydrostatic heating to the ground floor slab. The original pool is now a rainwater tank, and all timber screens are recycled.
This home featured on TV, in a book 21 st Century Houses 150 of the Worlds Best, and has been used as a location for several photoshoots.