Nine-Square Bondi | Madeleine Blanchfield Architects

Nine-Square Bondi | Madeleine Blanchfield Architects | Photographer: Anson Smart

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Nine-Square Bondi | Madeleine Blanchfield Architects

Traditional Land Owners
Bidjigal, Birrabirragal and Gadigal people
Year
2023
Chapter

New South Wales

Category
Interior Architecture
Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
Builder
Skope Constructions pty
Photographer
Anson Smart
Project summary

Nine-Square Bondi is a reflection of the client’s global and creative mindset, incorporating influences of time spent living in Hong Kong, their eclectic collection of art and love of Brazilian Brutalist houses. The core concept was to draw on their individuality but also to embrace and reflect the unique character of the Bondi Beach locality: casual, communal, colourful, imperfect, unadorned, a heavily pedestrianised ground plane and a strong, vibrant community. Our philosophy was to bring Bondi’s freedom of spirit into the design process and to question the accepted conventions of house composition, allowing for a design that completely opens up both internally and to the exterior, an upstairs living level and an inward looking, uplifting courtyard garden.

“At Madeleine Blanchfield Architects we believe that beautiful, interesting spaces can also be flexible and functional. We create homes that are bold, luminous and elevate the spirit.”
Madeleine Blanchfield, Director

2023
New South Wales Architecture Awards Accolades
Shortlist – Interior Architecture
Shortlist – Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
New South Wales Jury Presentation

Flipping the layout initially felt challenging but this bold design supports the natural rhythms of our beach-side days. Upstairs, we live expansively by the sun, overlooking the trees and flooded by natural light. The central courtyard provides space and depth between living areas and we feel connected through the layers of glass even when engaged in our different activities. In the evening we retreat downstairs where it is more protected and cosier.

Amongst the bustle of Bondi, our home feels like a sanctuary where the boundaries between inside and out are blurred by luscious greenery.
We couldn’t be happier.

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