The Hilltop House of Bellevue Hill is an additions and alterations project on an existing 90’s home. The original built from was based on large monolithic “boxes” separated by glass gaskets. Our clients came to us feeling this presentation to be too oppressive and lacking in accessibility and warmth. Our approach to this challenge was to breakdown and articulate the existing forms, create a collection of smaller structures which connect better with the human scale.




Stafford Design Team
Bruce Stafford, Vincent Chi, Amandine Cesbron-Logerais, Adele McNab, Erik Smithson
Structural Engineer
Geoff Ninnes, Fong & Partners
Critharis Constructions
Interior Designer
Hare + Klein
Landscape Designer
Dangar Barin Smith
Elana Castle
Bellevue Hill, Sydney

Our aim with the exterior finishes was to create a colour palette which felt warm and accessible; layering comfortably with the relaxed feel of the landscape design. Sandstone, textured render, durable hardwoods create a visually inviting and comfortable presentation to the street. Inside, generous skylights providing an abundance of natural light to the living and circulation spaces.