Ravine House | Rolf Ockert. Architect.

Ravine House | Rolf Ockert. Architect. | Photographer: Rolf Ockert

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Ravine House | Rolf Ockert. Architect.

Traditional Land Owners
Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples of the Eora nation

New South Wales

Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
Brianda Projects
Mark Syke
Rolf Ockert
Project summary

This site is certainly one of the most unusual we have ever come across. There is no backyard. Instead a rocky ravine within the cliffs brings the Pacific Ocean right into its core.

The house is an extension of its location and could not reasonably sit anywhere else. It grows out of the rock organically and responds to the gorge that defines its base.

Its connection with the ocean is intimate and immediate, from everywhere in the house. The angular plan and split level section, in combination with, sometimes unexpected, voids and openings, allow a myriad of different view points and experiences of the ocean, the rocks and the sky, enlivened by the various paths of natural light into the house over the course of the day and the year.

New South Wales Jury Presentation

Architecture can transform our daily experiences. Sitting at the edge of South Coogee’s cliff and with breathtaking 180-degree views of the ocean, our stunning house exemplifies this idea. We live in a tranquil and inspiring environment, where natural beauty blends with striking architectural elegance. The design enhances our work by fostering creativity and productivity. We are not shy with bold colour which makes the house more inviting and playful. The seamless operation of the house is made possible by the harmonious blend of form, function and technology. Our architectural masterpiece not only provides comfort, but also inspires and motivates.

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Ravine House | Rolf Ockert. Architect. | Photographer: Mark Syke

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