Undoubtably, the Hewlett House is one of those homes you can’t ignore. The project developed by MPR Design Group in Sydney, Australia is surprising, a little bit eclectic, but very modern and inspiring. The exterior looks like a giant rectangular glass gift box adorned with spider’s web details. The white finery makes it stand out. Imagine a regular tranquil neighbourhood, with neat little homes and out of the sudden, you stand in front of this edgy (from an architectural point of view) white box. What would it be your first impression?
“The house is located on the northern flank of the Bronte gully with views towards Bronte beach and the coastline beyond.” The view is stunning and the site, relaxing. This is the perfect place to live a happy life. Designing a home, less regular, sustainable, that favours coast views was a challenging thing to do. “The underlying design intent was to explore the notion of “prospect and refuge” within a contemporary family house. The ‘prospect’ was the beach and coast views to the south of the site which change constantly depending on the season, weather and time of day. The “refuge” was the other desirable character where we created a quality of space that provides a sense of sanctuary, enclosure and comfort.”