DesignWall

Pollack House

March 23, 2009

This residence is located in Dover Heights, Sydney, bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the east and Sydney Harbour to the west. The house was originally designed by architect Henry Pollack in 1964 and is heavily influenced by modernist ideals and philosophy. Fortunately the owners, the second generation of Pollack’s original client, embraced an approach […]

This residence is located in Dover Heights, Sydney, bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the east and Sydney Harbour to the west. The house was originally designed by architect Henry Pollack in 1964 and is heavily influenced by modernist ideals and philosophy.

Fortunately the owners, the second generation of Pollack’s original client, embraced an approach to conserve the integrity of the original house, while upgrading the amenities to suit their requirements.

Key elements of the building were identified and carefully retained, including exterior brickwork, copper cladding, double-storey atrium with natural light and trademark internal garden, rough hewn sandstone feature wall, crazy paving and iconic open tread steel and timber staircase.

New works were woven into the building’s existing fabric. Substantial adjustments to the interior planning allow greater spatial efficiency, access to views, external spaces and improved cross-ventilation. The integration of kitchen, living and dining spaces on the first floor encourages interaction with the exterior through readdressing openings, shading and the subsequent reworking of the rear façade.

Natural materials were selected for compatibility with existing elements and comprise finely crafted timber joinery, louvred screens and precision metalwork.

The Pollack house is an example of how 1960s modern architecture, a considered sensibility and cohesive design vision can create a valuable addition to contemporary living.

Leave a Reply

x
Sign up to Australian Design Review's Newsletter

Receive the latest:

  • news, insights, opinions from the interior design and architecture community
  • coverage on latest projects, videos and new products updates
  • events and job listings.

Sign up now!
X

Sign up to the newsletter