Residence that have special architectural features come in many shapes and sizes. Take, for example, this versatile dwelling, named Woollahra 1, that shows off the original facade but offers the modern conditions and appearance of a contemporary designed structure. Constructed on a ridge overlooking Cooper Park in Sydney, Australia, the home “involved the complete removal of all other structure and the excavation of a new complete floor level under the existing street entry level including a pool.”  The terrain on which the residence rests covers 2880 square feet, enough space to include features like the swimming pool in the backyard and the many entertaining spaces inside. Stanic Harding Architecture designed the residence as a place that is both modern and traditional.

The client lived here as a child, so the property needed a modern makeover to suit the family life: “The street frontage had to be restored so we endeavored to create a contrasting contemporary rear facade that addressed the northern aspect and the Park. The edge treatment of the new rear balcony literally frames these views. The small scale of the footprint resulted in the need for careful spatial connects both horizontally and vertically to extend the available space. A new slatted light court replaces the existing front terrace. Floor level changes, joinery elements and ceiling treatments create and conceal spaces.