Houses — Balmoral House 1

Balmoral House 1

  • Mosman Design Award for Contribution to the built environment
  • International Trophee Archizinc Award 2008
Camphin Developments
Brett Boardman


  • Monument Magazine Issue 84 March / April 2008
  • Belle Magazine April / May 2008
  • Houses, April 2011
  • ArchitectureAU, “Emili Fox and Conrad Johnston of Fox Johnston”, January 2012
  • Design Hunter, “Bluestone and zinc architecture for Balmoral home”.
  • Inhabitat, “Fox Johnston Architects’ Balmoral Home Responds to its Surroundings”, December 2012
  • Decoist, "Stylish Balmoral House Sports Spacious Interiors and a Smart Living Plan", August 2013
  • Home DSGN, August 2013

The project takes the form of a series of platforms, as buildings responding to the rhythm and topography of the site.

A long linear form to the west contains sleeping areas and bathrooms at the lower level, a garage space at an intermediate level and living areas and media room on the upper level. An elongated pool bounds this form and bleeds into the entry space, forming a shallow pool at the entry courtyard. A cabana is part of the eastern building opening onto a large deck and pool beyond. Above this space is a separate bedroom and bathroom opening onto a deck. Entry to the house is via an open courtyard, leading to a transitional space / lobby area that connects to upper and lower levels at mid way designed to create a gentle change between levels in the building.

The upper level roof flips up to the north opening completely onto a north – east facing deck – sliding external walls and screens become part of the eastern face. The lower level bedrooms lead out onto private decks, with direct access to the pool below. Walls open and close, screened to provide privacy or sun control. The buildings narrow width and orientation allows good cross ventilation and sun filtration throughout each space.