The original heritage-listed, semi-detached building in Kirribilli was designed by John Bucham Clamp in 1906 and was notable for its attractive asymmetrical façade and feature tower. It is a fine example of a Federation dwelling in the Arts and Crafts Style. The design approach was a balance between the restoration of the original building and the sympathetic contemporary addition. The building required modern solutions to continue to house a young, dynamic and expanding family.

The site presented many difficulties including a lack of privacy from neighbouring apartment blocks, poor external connections and a lack of accommodation. Melocco and Moore’s solution was the addition of a new three-storey zinc topped contemporary tower sleeved into a portion of the rear garden. This allowed much of the original heritage-listed fabric, such as the original cedar staircase, to be retained.

The striking addition stitched together the four disparate levels of the residence. It created new and easy connections between the building and the gardens. The contemporary tower functions as a hub which opens in multiple directions on each level. New materials were chosen to complement the stucco render, brick banding and terracotta tiles of the original dwelling.  In addition to the new tower, refurbishments were undertaken to all parts of the existing building to create a seamless, sophisticated and comfortable family home.




Project Team

Phil Moore, Stephen Evans, Nick Hibberd



RBV builders



Landscape Design – Spirit Level Design

Planning – Mersonn Pty  Ltd

Structural Engineer – Partridge Engineering

Heritage Consultant – Urbis

Hydraulic Engineer Inline – Whipps Wood Consulting