Significantly updated, but that hasn’t dampened the appeal of this 1960s Frank Fox circular house in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
The house is known as Oculus and at its heart, the work of noted architect Frank Fox and still using the original footprint as the original.
Yes, this was as bold 50+ years back as it is today, with its circular geometry and partly domed roof key to its appeal then and now. But this certainly isn’t any kind of time capsule. This is modern-day luxurious living.
The house is described by the agent as a ‘testament to the skill’ of internationally renowned architects, Tzannes Associates, Australia’s pre-eminent landscape architect William Danger and Juliette Arent and Sarah-Jane Pyke of Arent & Pyke Interior Designs. The structure, the interior and the grounds all getting some very special attention.
Of course, the lack of original details might put off a few potential buyers. But the upgrades in this two-storey property doubtless pull in a good number more.
Those include the expansive and retractable curved glazing that offer a 270-degree view of the gardens, a cantilevered steel canopy and timber blades that have been designed to reduce heat gain in summer and maximise sunlight in the winter.
The first-floor level also features a ‘free-form recycled black-butt joinery screen’ that provides privacy, separation and connectivity between the living spaces, while a state of the art timber and stone island kitchen is packed with every high-end appliance can think of and need.
Note that concealed sliding doors also enable seamless and expansive’ open plan living and dining areas to be individually zoned. So great for a party and for privacy, depending on your needs.
So plenty of reception space and that premium kitchen on the first floor, as well as the master bedroom with built-in storage and an en-suite, along with another ‘generous’ bedroom, again with the storage. Finishing things off is a further bedroom and a large study area.
A ‘vast’ lower level that opens onto the lawn, pool area and gardens features a ‘huge’ media room, wet bar/kitchenette, two more bedrooms with en-suites, a gym (which could be converted to another bedroom) and a family bathroom.
If that’s not enough, the house also has a versatile storage or music room, underfloor heating, motorised blinds, reverse-cycle air-conditioning, an expansive laundry with chute and outside, a motor-driven turning circle and secure parking for six cars plus a lock-up garage with internal access. I think that’s pretty much everything. Well, apart from the exclusive neighbourhood.
Price? That’s on request, which suggests it might well be out of the reach of you or I. Unless you happen to have been the recent recipient of a Lotto win or some equally good fortune.
Images and details courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.