A guiding principle of the design was to promote the well-being of all members of the family, creating an environment of peace and tranquillity. With an abundance of natural light and sunshine, the spaces are interwoven with nature through the use of courtyards, skylights, glazed openings and the garden. The double-height circulation zone allows the spaces to connect whilst still retaining their privacy. Having no expansive external views, the house creates its own vistas and depth of field through the use of permeable spaces which connect to the landscape. These spaces are designed to capture different qualities of natural light, creating a moving tapestry as the house responds to the shifting sunlight of Bellevue Hill.


Stafford Design Team
Bruce Stafford, Rachel Kayode, Adele McNab, Vincent Chi
Interior Architecture
Joanne Walker
Critharis Constructions
Structural Engineer
NB Consulting
Landscape Designer
Marcia Hosking
Elana Castle
Bellevue Hill, Sydney
Winner – Woollahra Design
Excellence Awards 2015

The house embodies solidity, reliability and dependability – a place of safety providing a protective anchor for the lighter elements. A timber box is held lightly within the solidity of the curving concrete form and is separated by a glass light well that extends through the centre of the house. The finely slatted box in the form of a cocoon provides a resting place for the children.