Feb 5, 2013

On the Market :: Hill House by Chenchow Little : A White Box amongst the Gum Trees

Chenchow Little is a Sydney based architectural practice 
which continues to produce thoughtful residential designs.
And one of their works, the Hill House,
located in the glorious Palm Beach,
a rather lovely part of the world,
is currently on the market.

As is typical of their work, 
sunlight is king,
and shafts of blue-sky seem to find their way into every single space,
in a sunny reminder of the emotional power of clear air.
Over-scaled window walls + massive sliding doors 
milk the connection to the exterior.

It's a beautiful view by day...

... and a bewitching one by night.

High level, or clerestory windows, in the bedrooms,
from which to see the stars. 

And the use of breeze block, which again plays with the notion of 
voids of shadow and peep holes against the solidity,
echoing a pattern used throughout the whole design.

Quite different to their other work in many ways,
with a larger scale,
but carrying the same thoughtful design process of treating each plane
(whether floor, ceiling or wall)
with as much individual care.

Would you like to live here?

property location :: hill house, 60 bynya rd, palm beach, sydney


  1. The house makes me imagine a house in Palm Springs in the late 1960s or early 1970s!

  2. One of my favourite architects...something good about their work. You're right that this is a little different from some of their designs, and whilst not my favourite, YES I'd live there. Please in fact! They just do good things with light and movement and somehow don't over cook the brief!

  3. The view at night – as you say, bewitching.

  4. Hello Virginia:
    This we like hugely apart from the rather thoughtless landscaping in the courtyard and around the house which appears sloppy in comparison with the precision of the architecture.

  5. Oddly, no! Not my cup of tea somehow...

  6. Visually, yes. Practically - well, it looks like it could be scorching hot in summer. I think this house may be male :)

  7. I do love these houses, but I'd need curtains at night as the expanse of glass spooks me a little.


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