Clifftop House

  • Type Residential
  • Client Private
  • Location Sorrento
  • Description Linking the old and the new
  • Construction 2012
  • Photography Patrick Redmond

From his vantage point, the original owner of the estate, the “Father of the Australian theatre” and pioneer of the seaside town George Coppin, would watch ferries arrive in the Sorrento bay and trams come down Ocean Beach Road.

A sensitive renovation sees the original building, its clipped lawns, vistas and prized Moonah tree preserved, whilst the existing house is given new life with repurposed rooms and connection, via a new central living area, to new wings of the house.

A large landscape wall is added to the east boundary that serves as a natural escarpment. A cascading inner courtyard is constructed around an existing Moonah tree.

The appearance of a modest single story addition to the north and west facade is achieved by inserting extensive additions into the back of the cliff. This allows for substantial new buildings, garden and pool areas without impacting the coastal heritage façade.