Unique House In Sydney Resembles A Huge Undulating Sculpture

The Crescent House is one of the most interesting and most unusual structures and the reason for that is its structure. Unlike a typical house which usually has all it’s functional clustered within a compact frame, this building is organized into several volumes which are distinct but also connected.

The house has a tiered structure, featuring a sloped landscape garden built with corten steelView in gallery
The house has a tiered structure, featuring a sloped landscape garden built with corten steel

The concrete house is like a giant undulating sculpture, a collection of volumes that are weaving through the gardens and are arranged in sequences, with strategically placed voids and openings designed by give each one a distinct character but also make the ensemble feel like a harmonious whole.

The overall floor plan is difficult to describe, being this unusual sequence of volumes undulating in unusual waysView in gallery
The overall floor plan is difficult to describe, being this unusual sequence of volumes undulating in unusual ways
Th bedroom has a terrace which is actually a sort of exterior extension, separate pavilion-like spaceView in gallery
Th bedroom has a terrace which is actually a sort of exterior extension, separate pavilion-like space
The views of the harbor are amazing and have played a crucial role in the overall design and structure of the houseView in gallery
The views of the harbor are amazing and have played a crucial role in the overall design and structure of the house
As the volumes undulate, a series of gardens are formed, their beauty maximized through architectureView in gallery
As the volumes undulate, a series of gardens are formed, their beauty maximized through architecture
Apart from the unconventional floor plan, the house is quite simple and that suits it very wellView in gallery
Apart from the unconventional floor plan, the house is quite simple and that suits it very well

There are a lot of unique design features that make this house stand out and contrast with every other building that surrounds it. The floor plan is definitely unusual as if everything we knew about houses has been reinvented and reimagined. The living area curves around the garden and stretches toward the panoramic views over the Sydney Harbour and the patio design is quite exquisite, allowing this area to be immersed in nature yet feel strongly connected to the house. All of these elements allowed studio Matthew Woodward Architecture to innovate and to create something completely unusual without compromising on functionality but actually taking the concept to a whole new level.

The unconventional sequencing of volumes helps the house to develop a strong relationship with its surroundings View in gallery
The unconventional sequencing of volumes helps the house to develop a strong relationship with its surroundings
Transparent glass railings allow the unobstructed panoramic views to be enjoyed fullyView in gallery
Transparent glass railings allow the unobstructed panoramic views to be enjoyed fully
The social areas feature full-height windows and large opening which connect them to the magnificent viewsView in gallery
The social areas feature full-height windows and large opening which connect them to the magnificent views
The palette of materials and finishes used throughout is limited to exposed concrete, wood, steel and glassView in gallery
The palette of materials and finishes used throughout is limited to exposed concrete, wood, steel and glass
The dark green accents bring the outdoors into the living room, connecting the areas visuallyView in gallery
The dark green accents bring the outdoors into the living room, connecting the areas visually
The gray nuances create a soothing and surprisingly warm and welcoming vibeView in gallery
The gray nuances create a soothing and surprisingly warm and welcoming vibe
From the street the house looks surprisingly modest and mainstreamView in gallery
From the street the house looks surprisingly modest and mainstream