Woorak House


Guringai Country
Palm Beach, NSW






BAU Group Construction


Prue Ruscoe


Alexandra Gordon



Inspired by coastal homes around the world, this pavilion-style house in Sydney’s Palm Beach is a series of lofty or intimate spaces, opening up to light and landscape.

Its three pitched-roof pavilions are designed and linked so the transition between volumes of space as they expand and contract is experienced. Fringed by gardens, the kitchen, living and dining pavilion opens seamlessly to the landscape, with pocketing doors that disappear for a truly tropical feel.

Limestone floors are cool and carefree, warmed with elements of terrazzo and terracotta, custom plaster finishes, marble oak and brass. This quiet, natural palette underscores some lovely geometric pairings – the elliptical staircase under exposed ceiling beams, two curved courtyard showers, and timber-lined archways to the master suite.

Sheer, billowing curtains soften the spaces, playfully adding texture and and privacy. Thoughtful detailing extends outdoors where battened rosewood sunscreens allow privacy and light while reducing heat, PV tiles in the slate roof help generate power, and bore water is used for irrigation.

Inspired by the coastal homes of South Africa and the Mediterranean, is a lofty beach house, layered with natural materials, textures and curves.

The quiet palette underscores some beautiful geometric pairings, such as an ovoid bath on a herringbone brick floor.

Hargrave Terrace