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Nominated Architect: Steven Isaacs #7929

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Architecture Saville Isaacs featured in Grand Designs & Home Design Magazine

Grand Designs Australia & Home Design Magazine recently featured Architecture Saville Isaacs "Twin Houses" project.


Twin houses – siblings, yet each unique.

The conceptual approach was to create houses that sit comfortably within the established urban streetscape, provide elements of drama and discovery, and engage with the iconic harbour bridge and opera house views to the front and intimate landscaped gardens to the rear.

Responding to the irregular site boundary and contextual differences, the houses take on different yet complementary forms.



House A presents a rectilinear off-form concree frame from which ‘extrudes’ a black steel box – and more expansive glazing. House B presents a street façade of sensually curved brick mass with window penetrations.



Contemporary, modern interiors extrapolate the external materials of off-form concrete, steel plate, painted recycled brick. Light, natural and artificial, sculpts the space accentuating the textural qualities of the materials. Brass is used as a highlight, adding depth and contrast: handrails, shadow-lines, door handles, light fittings – polished, brushed, knurled, patinated.


Project interiors designed in collaboration with Linda Morrice.

The houses are each highly functional, compact dwellings providing the inhabitants with finely detailed and carefully considered spaces that respond to their context, focusing and framing the iconic views from different perspectives – contributing surprise and delight.

The steel plate surrounds to openings and balcony edges counterbalance the masonry masses, acting as ‘blinkers’ for privacy from the street below and focusing views from within the houses.

The interior design is an extension of architectural language, working with a play of natural and artificial light on different materials and textures – grain, reflectivity, depth, patina are all explored and expressed.




Architecture Saville Isaacs are offering a limited number of complimentary Project Feasibility Calls with director Steven Isaacs.


Call 02 9086 9000 or email info@architecturesavilleisaacs.com.au to request your call.



The houses are excavated into the rock at street level to provide basement parking.


Living spaces are placed at the top of the buildings to maximize the stunning harbour views, access northern sunlight (through clerestory glazing), and relate back to private gardens at the sunny rear.


The design uses a language of sandstone base, recycled painted brick, and steel plate. The two houses are differentiated by mass and material.








Limestone spiral staircase in House B



Materials used for the Twin Houses project are natural, recycled (brick, timber) or recyclable (brick, stone, concrete, steel), whilst composite, highly processed materials are avoided.


The interior design of both houses is an extension of architectural language, working with a play of natural and artificial light on different materials and textures – grain, reflectivity, depth, patina are all explored and expressed.




Twin Houses feature in Grand Designs - now on sale. Twin Houses will be featured in Home Design Magazine March edition.


Architecture Saville Isaacs are offering a limited number of complimentary Project Feasibility Calls with director Steven Isaacs.

Call 02 9086 9000 or email info@architecturesavilleisaacs.com.au to request your call.




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