Selected Projects

Bondi House

Copper-clad and streaming with light, a new townhouse by Fox Johnston Architects offers a blueprint for compact multi-level living. On an exposed corner site in the leafy back streets of Bondi, it deftly balances natural light, garden outlooks and privacy, while leaving one or two tricks up its sleeve.


  • Australian Interior Design Awards 2021, Residential Design  – Shortlist
  • Houses Awards 2021- New House under 200m2 – Shortlist
  • AIA NSW Architecture Awards 2021 – Residential Arch – Houses (New) – Shortlist
  • Sydney Design Awards – Residential Constructed – Silver Award

The architects used the site topography to carve three distinct levels, modulating materials and form to give the building strength, character and privacy.  On a site of just 153 square metres, they engineered a house of 212 square metres, fringed with landscape spaces for the owners to cultivate.


“The central courtyard was an early idea we developed to gather light and segment the living level into zones, which we think is more interesting in a small space, rather than that feeling of just being in one long room.” — Conrad Johnston, Director

“The copper wall is big gesture for the setting and the street. Next to a traditional semi we’ve attached this bold, curved copper wall on a tiny block. This sculptural element crowns and connects the entire site. It’s a bit full on but in a gentle way. — Conrad Johnston, Director

Materials were chosen to reflect the concept of a small, strong building that’s both defensive and private. The office plinth is clad in Sydney sandstone, while the bedroom and living levels are clad in copper, which over time, will develop a rich patina of colour variations.

Inside, the challenge was to give the relatively compact interior an atmosphere of substance and warmth, without overlaying too many textures. The living room’s concrete floors are warmed with exposed timber ceiling beams and western red cedar windows and doors. Kitchen joinery is timber with dark stone bench tops.