CLOVELLY HOUSE | SYDNEY, NSW

June 14th, 2018


Words by Eloise Poole

CLOVELLY HOUSE | SYDNEY, NSW

June 14th, 2018


Words by Eloise Poole

Gjoevik House | Norm Architects
Gjoevik House | Norm Architects

There is something whimsical, personal and quirky about Clovelly House. Perched on the southfacing cliffs overlooking the Tasman, the old 1950's structure previously on the land was gutted almost entirely, leaving only the basic segments and bars. The empty shell gave the architects, Madeleine Blanchfield Architects an opportunity to reinvent the home for the young family of five and open up the previously dark spaces to streams of light.

The inventive, creative clients gave their brief for the design in the form of a 17th-century lithograph print of five fishes with human faces entitled "Marvels of Things Created and Miraculous Aspects of Things Existing". The tone this lithograph set for the project was one of whimsy, quirk and intense character. Every space in the house truly embodies all of these characteristics, at the same time creating a sense of cohesiveness and wholeness unique to the family that calls it home.

The project is filled with expert contributions of all kinds. From the artists, curators, stone masons and textile designers to the bespoke staircase by Alice in Wonderland and outer chimney via Carlo Scarpa, the architects used every corner of the house as a new opportunity for the craftsman to display their skills. The result is a personal work of art, as a whole and in it's parts.

Gjoevik House | Norm Architects

There is something whimsical, personal and quirky about Clovelly House. Perched on the southfacing cliffs overlooking the Tasman, the old 1950's structure previously on the land was gutted almost entirely, leaving only the basic segments and bars. The empty shell gave the architects, Madeleine Blanchfield Architects an opportunity to reinvent the home for the young family of five and open up the previously dark spaces to streams of light.

The inventive, creative clients gave their brief for the design in the form of a 17th-century lithograph print of five fishes with human faces entitled "Marvels of Things Created and Miraculous Aspects of Things Existing". The tone this lithograph set for the project was one of whimsy, quirk and intense character. Every space in the house truly embodies all of these characteristics, at the same time creating a sense of cohesiveness and wholeness unique to the family that calls it home.

The project is filled with expert contributions of all kinds. From the artists, curators, stone masons and textile designers to the bespoke staircase by Alice in Wonderland and outer chimney via Carlo Scarpa, the architects used every corner of the house as a new opportunity for the craftsman to display their skills. The result is a personal work of art, as a whole and in it's parts.

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