Designed by architect Fred Fox in the 1960s, the Oculus House is a midcentury gem located in the Bellevue Hill neighborhood of Sydney, Australia. The home features retractable curved glazing, a partially domed room with a central oculus, and a floor plan that showcases a magnificent Hill’s fig tree. The home underwent an award-winning restoration in 2012, and the property’s current owners have just listed it for sale.
Sydney-based Tzannes Associates helmed the renovation, which modernized the interior and landscaping while preserving the home’s midcentury character. William Danger completed the landscape renovation, while Juliette Arent and Sarah-Jane Pyke of Arent & Pyke oversaw the interior design. The finished project received a 2014 commendation for residential alterations and additions from the New South Wales chapter of the AIA.
"The architecture successfully resolves many idiosyncrasies inherent to the existing semicircular, partly domed building form on pilotis," say Tzannes Associates. "New external elements are carefully integrated within the existing envelope. Except for a small extension to the living room terrace, the footprint and form of the building remain original."
Spanning nearly 9,000 square feet and six bedrooms, the renovated home follows much of Fox’s original floor plan, with the exception of a small terrace off the living room. The home’s original openings frame 270-degree views of the lush garden—although they’ve been upgraded with new windows with adjustable vertical and horizontal louvers. Keep scrolling to see more of this unique property, located just a short stroll from some of Sydney’s best beaches.
73A Victoria Road is currently listed by Michael Pallier of Sydney Sotheby's International Realty. Asking price available upon application.
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