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Seidler House - photographs

Although the house is located in the North Shore suburb of Killara, its privacy is maintained thanks to the steep valley and bushland surrounding the site. Outlook is onto unspoilt nature from the three split levels of the house. There is also a creek running at the bottom of the garden, which turns into a gushing waterfall during rainy periods. The difficult, sloping site provided scope for a 'vertical' dimension in design, not only in the siting and approach of the house but also in the interior due to the resulting multi-level design, following the contours of the land.

"The main aesthetic aim of the house is not only to have horizontal freedom of space but by fusing and opening the various levels into each other and by ‘pulling them apart’ and thereby creating a two-and-a-half storey high open shaft between them to add a vertical interplay of space. There are glimpses of through views from the different levels giving always a sense of the areas beyond without any blunt openness of planning."

("Architects' own house", Architecture in Australia, April 1968, p.313-7)


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