Lovett Bay House / Richard Leplastrier

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Completed in 1994, the Lovett Bay House in Sydney, designed by Architect Richard Leplastrier, exemplifies the idea of architecture as a vessel and a cradle for the family.

Lovett Bay House Technical Information

The house exemplifies the idea of architecture as a vessel and a cradle for the family. Our family of five lives comfortably in this one room.

– Richard Leplastrier

Lovett Bay House Photographs
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Balconies of the House

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Lovett Bay House / Richard Leplastrier

© Courtesy of Richard Leplastrier

Working Space of the residence

© Courtesy of Richard Leplastrier

Studio and work area of the house

© Courtesy of Richard Leplastrier

Article by Richard Leplastrier1

The site of this small house is a flooded sunken river valley. The gentle climate is nurtured by the Pacific Ocean and the warm east coast current, which controls the mild subtropical nature.

The house continues a history of simple living on the site, which I suspect has continued for thousands of years – small shells that litter the place lie testament to that fact. The building’s form is simple – its central core room restrains a broad cantilever roof that surrounds the building, the lack of columns allowing the line of the landscape to continue unbroken. Being inside the house is like sitting under a strong overhanging tree.

The house exemplifies the idea of architecture as a vessel and a cradle for the family. Our family of five lives comfortably in this one room. The small room we inhabit, in turn, inhabits a greater room whose walls are cliffs and floors the tidal level of the bay that rises and falls nearly two meters every six hours.

Because of the isolation of the site, all materials had to be brought in by water. As a consequence, all structures had to be lightweight and easily assembled. The house was built by Jeffrey Broadfield and friends in 1994.

The building’s form is simple – its central core room restrains a broad cantilever roof that surrounds the building, the lack of columns allowing the line of the landscape to continue unbroken. Being inside the house is like sitting under a strong overhanging tree.

– Richard Leplastrier

Lovett Bay House Plans
Floor Plan of the Lovett Bay House / Richard Leplastrier

Floor Plan | Courtesy of Richard Leplastrier

Section of the House

Section Plan | Courtesy of Richard Leplastrier

About Richard Leplastrier

Richard Leplastrier was born in 1939 in Melbourne, Australia. He is an Australian architect and AIA Gold Medal recipient. After graduation from Sydney University in 1963, he worked in the Sydney office of Jørn Utzon from 1964 to 1966, assisting with documentation of the Sydney Opera House. He later studied at Kyoto University under Tomoya Masuda and worked in the office of Kenzo Tange in Tokyo.

Leplastrier established his own practice in 1970 and works from his studio in Sydney’s Lovett Bay. He is a key figure in Australian architecture and architectural education. His architecture is sensitive to place and culture, and he uses his studio as a teaching room and a place to make architecture.

Works from Richard Leplastrier

  1. Source: ‘Richard Leplastrier : Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award 2004’ published by Rakennustieto, Finland, 2004.
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