This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

A Spectacular Unfolding House Overlooking Sydney Harbour

Architecture

No, its not the Sydney Opera House. This is the OTHER white structure on Sydney Harbour’s edge, the Crescent House by Matthew Woodward Architecture.

This sculptural and sharply detailed home plays with concrete and crisp white masonry to create a minimalist marvel… with one epic view!

16th April, 2019

The street entry of the Crescent House by Matthew Woodward Architects. Photo – Murray Fredericks.

Minimalist concrete, inspired by Tadao Ando. Photo – Murray Fredericks.

Overlooking Sydney Harbour! Photo – Murray Fredericks.

Minimalism at its most refined. Photo – Murray Fredericks.

A clean colour scheme, with pops of green to connect with the outdoors. Photo – Murray Fredericks.

Harbour views. Photo – Murray Fredericks.

Inventive building and craftsmanship was required to execute this complex concrete residence. Photo – Murray Fredericks.

Walk down to the waterfront ourdoor living area. Photo – Murray Fredericks.

Shifting light and shadows creates a sense of drama and texture. Photo – Murray Fredericks.

A pool with a view of the harbour. Photo – Murray Fredericks.

Miriam McGarry
Tuesday 16th April 2019

‘The house appears as an unfolding white form, edged by garden courtyards and green roofs.’ – Matthew Woodward.

The Crescent House by Matthew Woodward Architecture in Vaucluse, Sydney is a new build on a site with a northern aspect, overlooking the Sydney Harbour with direct access to the foreshore. No pressure, then. Matthew explains that the design was created so that the house ‘appears as an unfolding white form, edged by garden courtyards and green roofs.’

The monochromatic structure plays with sharp lines and radical curves, and these sculptural elements help to gently guide residents and guests through the spaces. The voids open up the property at multiple scales, and create a dramatic interplay of shadows.

The materiality of the home is inspired by the serene concrete structures of Japanese architect Tadao Ando. Matthew explains ‘Ando was a large influence, in particular, his work on Naoshima Island. The craftsmanship portrayed in the execution of off-from concrete is masterful.’

Inspired by this concrete detailing, the ambitious design for the Crescent House required collaboration with countless craftspeople and consultants, as well as profiled polystyrene mouldings to achieve the complex geometry.

The result is a minimalist monochromatic home with sharp, lux detailing, that welcomes in colour and texture through multiple connections to the outdoors, and the introduction of lush greenery. Matthew reflects on the success of the design by quoting his clients, who commented that after their first summer living here, they couldn’t help but observe ‘the way light plays on various surfaces, and the way it changes throughout the day.’ Between this rolling light-show, the views of Sydney Harbour, and the bold architectural statements here – the Crescent House is a real show stopper.

This Week

News

Australian Ceramics Open Studios Is On Again This Weekend!

Clay artists around Australia are opening their doors this weekend for Australian Ceramics Open Studios 2019.
Amelia Barnes

News

Buxton Contemporary Reflects On 100 Years Of Bauhaus Design

See archival footage and contemporary works inspired by the Bauhaus movement in this Melbourne exhibition.
Amelia Barnes

Bringing Light and Space Into A Fitzroy Terrace House

Taylor Knights Architecture and Interior Design transform this inner city terrace house with a sunken living room, shifting ceiling volumes
Miriam McGarry

Architecture

Surf's Up In This Manly Apartment!

A home re-configured for beachside living, by McNally Architects & I+D Studio.

News

What Does Travelling Solo Really Look Like?

A solitary holiday to Italy inspired Bri Hammond to capture the images in her first solo exhibition, Nuoto da sola.
Amelia Barnes

Art

The Tree Change That Inspired A New Career For Artist Edwina Edwards

Landscape painter Edwina Edwards has been quietly developing her art practice since relocating to Albury, NSW. Her first-ever solo exhibitio...
Amelia Barnes

Shopping

Country Road Make Sustainability The Height Of Luxury

The new 5 Star Green Star Design Review rated Chadstone store is the pinnacle of eco-friendly design.

Modernist Australia

1970s Excellence On The Market In Eaglemont

Nestled within the Glenard Estate designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Griffin, this four-bedroom stunner brings the WOW-factor!
Patricia Callan

Shopping

Hand Painted Pieces And 70s-Inspired Prints In Bonnie And Neil's New Collection

Australian-made textiles label Bonnie and Neil launch their latest collection, 'Coast' - incorporating soft furnishings, and now, wallpaper!...
Amelia Barnes

Gardens

A Plant Collector's Wild And Wonderful Paradise

Lyle Filippe shares his lifelong love of rare plants and quest to make 'something iconic' via his never-ending passion project, Roraima Nurs...
Georgina Reid

News

Nine Of Australia's Leading Photographers On Show At CCP

View and purchase works from nine leading photographers at a new annual CCP event.
Amelia Barnes
3:04

Shopping

Sheridan + Grandiflora, Australian Botanicals And Bedding!

Our latest video, celebrating a very special collaboration between Sheridan and Grandiflora.
Lucy Feagins
  1 hour ago

Homes

Fine And Dandy In Dandenong!

PR Guru Jade Roberts shares her 1960s mid-century renovated family home.
48:47

Podcast

TDF Talks with Architect, IADV Co-founder, and Academic Jefa Greenaway

The trailblazing architect, advocate and academic reflects on his pivotal role as the first indigenous architect to be registered in Victori...

Art

The Must-See Artists At Melbourne’s Affordable Art Fair

Our pick of standout artists participating in the Affordable Art Fair in Melbourne next month!

View Comments

Similar Stories

Architecture

A Brazilian Modernism-Inspired Masterpiece, In Queensland

Architect Shaun Lockyer introduces South American flair to the typical Queenslander typology.
Miriam McGarry

Architecture

A Not So Suburban Family Home

A showstopping house in Ivanhoe, with a surprising interior feature by KUD Architecture.

Architecture

A Concrete House In A Coastal Setting

Exploring Australian beachside Brutalism, with 'The Concrete House' by AuHaus in Torquay.
Miriam McGarry

This Week

48:47

Podcast

TDF Talks with Architect, IADV Co-founder, and Academic Jefa Greenaway

The trailblazing architect, advocate and academic reflects on his pivotal role as the first indigenous architect to be registered in Victori...

News

Australian Ceramics Open Studios Is On Again This Weekend!

Clay artists around Australia are opening their doors this weekend for Australian Ceramics Open Studios 2019.
Amelia Barnes

Shopping

Country Road Make Sustainability The Height Of Luxury

The new 5 Star Green Star Design Review rated Chadstone store is the pinnacle of eco-friendly design.

Architecture

Surf's Up In This Manly Apartment!

A home re-configured for beachside living, by McNally Architects & I+D Studio.

Shopping

Hand Painted Pieces And 70s-Inspired Prints In Bonnie And Neil's New Collection

Australian-made textiles label Bonnie and Neil launch their latest collection, 'Coast' - incorporating soft furnishings, and now, wallpaper!...
Amelia Barnes
3:04

Shopping

Sheridan + Grandiflora, Australian Botanicals And Bedding!

Our latest video, celebrating a very special collaboration between Sheridan and Grandiflora.
Lucy Feagins
  1 hour ago

News

Buxton Contemporary Reflects On 100 Years Of Bauhaus Design

See archival footage and contemporary works inspired by the Bauhaus movement in this Melbourne exhibition.
Amelia Barnes

Art

The Must-See Artists At Melbourne’s Affordable Art Fair

Our pick of standout artists participating in the Affordable Art Fair in Melbourne next month!

Bringing Light and Space Into A Fitzroy Terrace House

Taylor Knights Architecture and Interior Design transform this inner city terrace house with a sunken living room, shifting ceiling volumes
Miriam McGarry

Gardens

A Plant Collector's Wild And Wonderful Paradise

Lyle Filippe shares his lifelong love of rare plants and quest to make 'something iconic' via his never-ending passion project, Roraima Nurs...
Georgina Reid

News

What Does Travelling Solo Really Look Like?

A solitary holiday to Italy inspired Bri Hammond to capture the images in her first solo exhibition, Nuoto da sola.
Amelia Barnes

Art

The Tree Change That Inspired A New Career For Artist Edwina Edwards

Landscape painter Edwina Edwards has been quietly developing her art practice since relocating to Albury, NSW. Her first-ever solo exhibitio...
Amelia Barnes

Modernist Australia

1970s Excellence On The Market In Eaglemont

Nestled within the Glenard Estate designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Griffin, this four-bedroom stunner brings the WOW-factor!
Patricia Callan

Homes

Fine And Dandy In Dandenong!

PR Guru Jade Roberts shares her 1960s mid-century renovated family home.

News

Nine Of Australia's Leading Photographers On Show At CCP

View and purchase works from nine leading photographers at a new annual CCP event.
Amelia Barnes

Similar Stories

Architecture

A Brazilian Modernism-Inspired Masterpiece, In Queensland

Architect Shaun Lockyer introduces South American flair to the typical Queenslander typology.
Miriam McGarry

Architecture

A Not So Suburban Family Home

A showstopping house in Ivanhoe, with a surprising interior feature by KUD Architecture.

Architecture

A Concrete House In A Coastal Setting

Exploring Australian beachside Brutalism, with 'The Concrete House' by AuHaus in Torquay.
Miriam McGarry