Recognition: 2 Awards (National & NSW)
i. National Winner 2017 Master Builders Association of Australia National Excellence in Housing and Construction Award
ii. State Winner 2017 Master Builders Association of New South Wales Excellence in Housing Award
Architect: Ergo Architecture
Year Completed: 2017
Project overview: Set in one of Bondi’s most desirable pockets, this contemporary home take full advantage of the sites location and elevation, taking in the amazing south pacific ocean and Bondi’s famous beach and headlands.
This four level Torrens titled duplex with basement parking was painstakingly excavated out of the beautiful Sydney sandstone.
Due to the proximity of the neighboring properties and the fact that basement was to be built boundary to boundary, extra precautionary measures were taken in order to protect the buildings on either side.
Minimal rock breaking was allowable with the implementation of vibration sensors and alarms, ensuring that impact to the neighboring properties was kept at an absolute minimum and controlled throughout the process.
Removing over 2000m3 of rock also posed a logistical challenge given that the site is positioned on a popular thoroughfare that connects Bondi to Bronte.
Concrete filled Dincel walls were used in the basement allowing quick installation times and removing the need to waterproof the walls externally . This was particularly helpful as the basement walls sat on the boundary.
Once we were out of the ground we were faced with additional logistical dilemmas. Due to the location and height of the overhead power lines , pumping concrete to the remaining 3 suspended slabs could only be poured with the use of a line pump and not a boom pump.
Craning material to any level beyond the ground floor was impossible so all material needed to be positioned on the terrace, then either hoisted or manually moved to the desired location .
Once the remaining brick walls and slabs were poured we focused on securing the site and reinstating boundary walls and fences .
The home is a beautiful mix of natural and manufactured materials that blend seamlessly together giving this place a warm and opulent feel.
Full slabs of Carrara Marble line the ensuite walls and floors whilst wide ouk engineered timber floorboards cover the living spaces .
Brass tubing was used to create a wonderful entry screen and balustrade to the staircase void and durable resin floors were poured on the ground floor entry and hallway .
Basins carved from marble hang from the bathroom walls and Corian and 3mm stainless steel benchtops were used in the kitchen as tops.
Framless walls and doors surround the staircase void allowing the light to filter through the levels whilst creating a sense of space and transparency.
Overall this was an amazing project to be involved in which tested us in every aspect of building. We are extremely pleased with the end result and hope that you are just as impressed with it as we are.
The Team at Micrah Projects