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House with Outdoor Spiral Staircase Leading to Rooftop Deck

Australian architect Edward Szewczyk designed this modern, stacked house in Sydney, Australia, a term we enthusiastically use to describe both its composition and its features. Dominant horizontal details – the terrace shelters and the home’s flat roof itself – give the home a clean, modern aesthetic. This contemporary style home features three levels of glass and terraces, with a partially suspended ground floor, and a rooftop deck accessed by a towering outdoor spiral staircase. At ground level, the sleek sandstone deck and pool match the home’s modern look, overlooked by glass galore – a glass demi wall encircling the pool, and glass walls surrounding the main floor. Meanwhile, interiors are bright and open, with views and walk-outs to the outdoors at every level.

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The home’s various volumes – the glazed main floor and upper living areas – are all slightly shifted, protruding and pushed in like a manipulated cube, adding some oomph to simplicity.

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The transition between indoors and out is seamless. Sliding glass doors disappear to open interiors to the outdoors.

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Like the dominant exterior aesthetic, interiors are crisp and clean. The palette of white is punctuated by pops of vibrant color in the contemporary furniture choices. The floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall glazing invites the lush views of the outdoors – leafy plants lending green scenes and privacy.

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The cool white palette is warmed up with natural stairs leading up behind a wood frame enclosure.

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Tucked into the privacy of the upper level, this spa-inspired bathroom space brings a bit of luxury to the everyday. The white marble tiled floors, walls and countertops bounce the light around the room, pouring in through the clerestory window overhead.

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The glass invites you out onto the terraces overlooking the city and the water. This private rooftop paradise raises you high above the hectic pace of the day to day, a secret outdoor oasis.

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The home is characterized by its strong horizontal lines, appearing in the terraces, balcony enclosures, windows, right down to the final thoughtful detail.

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Inspire of its contemporary-cool look and feel, the house was a certain warmth to it that invites you to set back, relax and enjoy…

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… Enjoy the house, and the breathtaking vistas.

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Floor plans:

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Elevations:

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Edward Szewczyk Architects
via Contemporist
photo credit: Justin Alexander

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