The Peninsula House occupies a site at the end of Point Seymour, adjacent to a 1920’s Art Deco house. Our clients desire for a private street frontage allowed us the opportunity to create a series of articulated sculptural forms while from the rear, the house opens entirely to the harbour. The house is split into two distinct wings connected by a single sculptural stair that serves as its circulatory heart.


Stafford Design Team
Bruce Stafford, Rachel Kayode, Adele McNab, Erik Smithson, Chris Trotta
Structural Engineer
Alba and Associates Consulting Engineers, Advanced Design Innovations
Innovative Building Services
Interior Designer
Hare + Klein
Landscape Designer
Dangar Barin Smith
Michael Nicholson, Nicholas Watt, Michael Wee
Vaucluse, Sydney
Shortlisted – Woollahra Design
Excellence Awards 2019

Situated on the harbour edge, we selected robust materials such as treated timber, marine grade stainless steel and harbour bridge paint. From the harbour, the existing lower floor colonnade has a strong rhythmic language and anchors the house to the sandstone rock site base. Above this anchoring element, the harbour presentation is a series of horizontal concrete bands and chicanes offset with dark cedar cladding. Inside, Point Seymour sits as an iconic backdrop to the living spaces; this boundless scale is balanced with modest spaces, articulated and layered compositions and a palette of materials which provide relief from the exposed setting.