Nestled into an extremely steep site and surrounded by high-rise apartment buildings, our Darling Vista house is a rare single residential dwelling in a historic part of Sydney that, throughout the 1960’s and 70’s under relaxed planning controls, saw the majority of its single residential dwellings bulldozed to make way for large multi-residential towers. Challenged by the steep site and flanking residential towers that define the Darling Point landscape, our concept was developed to offer relief to the vertical streetscape, providing a confident and elegant intervention in this rather hostile visual environment.



Stafford Design Team
Joe McGregor, Bruce Stafford
Structural Engineer
NB Consulting
Notter Constructions
Interior Designer
Stafford Architecture
Landscape Designer
Secret Gardens & Nicholas Bray
Nicholas Watt
Photographer Stylist
Lucia Braham
Darling Point, Sydney
Shortlisted – Woollahra Design
Excellence Awards 2019

Unprotected from the harsh environment, materiality was key to delivering a low maintenance house that will weather gracefully in time. The combination of raw concrete, charred and natural timber, aluminium and glass provide an exterior that requires minimal care while internally the use of natural timbers and stone provide timeless beauty and warmth.

As a professional couple with a young family, our clients desired a functional family home with a contemporary, minimalist design that responded to their busy lifestyle. In a considerably exposed location, providing privacy while capitalizing on the views was critical. Screening elements, cantilevered balconies and canopies and a cabana at the pool level protect our clients from overlooking eyes in the neighbouring towers while an open stair, large voids, clerestory windows and an internal courtyard flood the depths of the house with natural light.