Mosman House II by Tribe Studio Architects

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    Tribe Studio Architects elevate a 1920s bungalow in Mosman, Sydney, by transforming the home’s interiors and landscape. 

    Located in Sydney’s North Shore, Mosman House II is concealed within the existing bungalow envelope sheltered by a cape cod roof. Tribe Studio Architects, known for their delicate approach to designing responsive and contextual homes, have delivered a modern and robust family home with fine detailing and raw materials.

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    The outdoor balcony features the Volley Dining Chair and Table in Electro Bronze by Adam Goodrum.

    Tribe Studio Architects introduced a hovering concrete band of garden located between the ground and first floor. The unique concrete volume is planted with lush greenery, and the design plays with the concept of scale and proportion. The landscape addition lifts the home and creates an inversion of gravity. The home is located above the concrete band, which acts as the main division between the resident’s private and public realms. 

    Tribe Studio Architects principal Hannah Tribe says their challenge was to create a new architectural language that was more responsive to the site. “Our client grew up in this house and now raises her own family there, so we wanted to keep a warm and neighbourly feeling in an area that has become dominated by high privacy walls and fierce garage doors while also applying a strong organisational rigour to an otherwise unwieldy house,” she says. “Our aim was for this house to really reach its full potential, reflecting the natural beauty surrounding it.”

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    The materiality seen in the project reflects contemporary robustness. The facade features charred timber, which absorbs solar heat gain and gracefully ages in the coastal environment. In addition, the dark timber facade acts as a silhouette enhancing the surrounding views, landscape and sun and is reflected in the charred timber kitchen joinery.

    On the ground level, the open living environment engages with views of the Northern Shore, connecting with the new landscaping and pool through operable glazed perimeter doors. The first floor is a sanctuary that houses the private spaces, with views to the harbour and soft finishes in spaces for sleeping and bathing. 

    Tribe Studio Architects have delivered a considered project in Mosman House II. The residence engages with raw materiality, highlighting harbour views and creatively approaching the connection between outdoor and indoor living spaces for modern family living.

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