A house as sinuous as a wave in Australia

Luigi Rosselli Architects was inspired by the waves breaking on Bondi beach to design a trigenerational house in Sydney.

Bondi Bombora House takes its name from an indigenous Australian term also adopted in Australian surf culture and used to describe a wave breaking on the cliff.

The architects chose to draw on elements of the landscape and local colours to give shape and personality to a three-storey house built to house a trigenerational "tribe" with dogs, cats and chickens in a dense, mixed neighbourhood just a short walk from Sydney city centre.

Its compact structure is sinuously shaped, carved into its street front to welcome guests, punctuated by fluidly designed metal blades framing the large windows and divided into 3 horizontal bands corresponding to the three levels in its outer shell.

A base covered with blue herringbone and jade mosaic tesserae, shimmering in daylight as the surface of the ocean is used as a garage, while the central floor, the highest, plastered in a shade of pale blue, houses the living area. The sleeping area is on top: a metal hat with a sinuous curvature set back from the main front.

The interiors devised by Romaine Alwill and Diana Yang are designed to trigger forms of appropriation and connection between the user and domestic architecture. The dining room furniture becomes the kids' study corner, the stairwell becomes a "vertical" library whereas the bow window becomes the best wiewpoint on Bondi Beach.

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