This pair of luxury four storey houses located 5 minutes walk from Clovelly Beach in Sydney replace a dual occupancy dwelling previously located on the site. Turco and Associates were required to adhere to heritage guidelines throughout the design of the project including the required retainment of a portion of the existing dwelling. A contextual and environmental argument was successfully mounted to exceed the building envelope and height limit imposed on the site.
The large Moreton Bay Fig tree growing in the backyard inspired the environmental approach of the project. Rainwater is collected by a 'canopy' of skillion roofs and diverted through the centre of the house to be stored in expansive underground water tanks. Bedrooms located on the upper storeys have an outlook into the canopy of the fig and a barbeque area on the ground level is shaded beneath.