Architectural Gems – Donaldson House By Glenn Murcutt

View all 10 Photos

When a Pritzker Prize-winning architect designs a residential property, one expects an impressive result. Donaldson House exceeds expectations. Designed by celebrated and highly influential architect Glen Murcutt, this dwelling is a true architectural gem. Surrounded by a gorgeous landscape that brings together bushland and sea views, on the Palm Beach peninsula north of Sydney, the house celebrates nature, the local climate, and the passage of the seasons at the same time.

Like all other Murcutt designs, Donaldson House not only minimizes its impact on the land, but also adapts its form to blend into and to respond to the topography and the unique conditions of the site. Almost invisible from the road, the black house sits underneath a sandstone crop, on a steep plot of land. A suspended concrete staircase leads guests from the street level down towards the top levels of the house. Built in an area with a high risk of wildfires, the structure features reinforced concrete foundations, toughened glass windows, steel roof rafters, and black-weathered zinc cladding.

The upper level contains the main socializing spaces – the kitchen, dining room, and living room. These extend toward the terrace which provide gorgeous views over the woodland. Large windows flood the open-plan area with natural light while also framing the Orion M.C. tapestry by artist Victor Vasarely. On this floor, the master bedroom boasts a gazed wall that overlooks a large rock formation and a pool of water – certainly one of the highlights of the entire house.

The lower level houses three other bedrooms and two bathrooms as well as a laundry with a drying deck. Eco-friendly features include water storage tanks, solar panels, and no air conditioning. The house features electrically operated louvers that help to control both light and heat. If you have around $3.3 million laying around, this architectural gem could be yours. Donaldson House is on the market and available for private viewing through Modern House. Check out the real estate agent’s website for more info. Photographs© Anthony Browell.

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

Take me there

  • Design Destination: Melbourne

    A complete travel guide to Melbourne, your next design destination. The cultural capital of Australia,…

  • An Eco-stylish Retreat Concept

    Glamping in Quebec for both nature and design lovers. Designed by Bourgeois / Lechasseur architects,…

  • A Beautiful Hotel in Oia Greece

    A 19th-century home transformed into an elegant hotel. Located on the gorgeous island of Santorini,…

  • 72 Hours in Oslo

    A complete Oslo travel guide to make a short trip to the city memorable. Founded…

More for you

                array(5) {
  ["post__not_in"]=>
  array(1) {
    [0]=>
    int(195529)
  }
  ["tag__not_in"]=>
  array(2) {
    [0]=>
    int(16203)
    [1]=>
    int(9208)
  }
  ["posts_per_page"]=>
  int(12)
  ["caller_get_posts"]=>
  int(1)
  ["cat"]=>
  int(6178)
}
            
  • Etno Hut By Utopium

    A low-impact cabin with a minimal design that maximizes comfort. Designed by Vilnius-based studio Utopium,…

  • The Waterloo Residence

    A thoughtfully designed extension that enhances existing living spaces. The owners of this beautiful house…

  • The Soria Moria Sauna

    A contemporary design that draws inspiration from local folklore and a striking landscape. Organized by…

  • Fraiao House

    A contemporary dwelling with an awe-inspiring interior. Located in Braga, Portugal, Fraiao House rises from…

  • Lighthouse By Knowhow Shop

    An innovative project from a creative studio. Based in Los Angeles, design/build studio Knowhow Shop…

  • A Modern Rustic House By DIA

    A contemporary dwelling that looks at home on a historical country estate. Under the skilled…

  • Little House By mwworks

    A compact cabin that maximizes its connection to nature. Surrounded by a dense forest in…

  • House MK

    A modern extension that complements a traditional farmhouse. Located in Bad Leonfelden, Austria, this property…

  • Bruny Island Hideaway

    A compact and minimalist off-grid cabin. When the client approached Maguire and Devine Architects to…

Close Cart