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Living on the edge

Located on top of an 80-metre-high cliff, this Bondi Beach build took on structural complexities but the real challenge was introducing daring design elements that evoke a European-inspired ambience.

Image credits: Anson Smart


Ash Whitehill 

26 July 2021

A beachside home doesn’t always have to be coastal or Hamptons inspired. Nestled on a cliff face in one of Sydney’s most panoramic suburbs, Stratti Building’s Edge House is a luxurious home that takes cues from Milanese architecture and ’70s European design. 

The significant alterations and addition saw the Stratti Building team transform a cramped, dark home into an open-plan entertainer’s dream. The completed project features four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and huge outdoor living spaces, which capitalise on both ocean and city views.
Founder and director Robbie Stratti, an HIA member, says Edge House is situated in a truly breathtaking location. 

‘It’s directly on an 80-metre-high clifftop so we designed it to capture views to the city and out to the ocean. Our construction team members were treated to regular whale sightings during their lunch breaks!’ 

Understandably, there were many challenges associated with this project. As there was no architect involved, much of the home’s finer details and problem-solving fell to Stratti Building. ‘Our foreman Ash Chapman took this in his stride and was proactive in working through construction detailing. The lack of an architect didn’t affect the overall project timeline,’ says Robbie. 

The excavation was difficult as the site was located on a sandbed on top of a cliff. Due to access issues, mechanical excavation for footings was not an option so the construction team completed this task by hand.
The home’s location also meant there was an ongoing risk of weathering due to the extreme exposure to salt. Stratti Building removed all failing render from the existing house and recoated the entire home with elastomeric paint from Dulux to ensure the highest level of protection. 

Despite these difficulties, the firm completed the build in just 10 months – right in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

‘We’re really proud that we managed to craft this incredible home with no delays whatsoever. This was achieved through meticulous planning and impeccable foresight. We anticipated challenges and made sure the vast number of products were ordered and organised ahead of schedule,’ says Robbie. 
The home features an abundance of marble, stone and concrete
Cladding: Colorbond Ultra
The project was, of course, a team effort. Stratti Building worked closely with the interior design team at Hare + Klein from the beginning of the project to ensure the clients’ budget and brief were met. 

As the project scope grew and the magnitude of the structural modifications were realised, it became clear that a development approval (DA) was going to be required. Stratti Building engaged the building design team at Precision Planning to prepare the DA documentation and submit this to council. 

Robbie’s team took care of the construction certificate process and all construction documentation while Hare + Klein completed all interior design works. He says this process required a collaborative approach that has resulted in long-lasting friendships. 

‘We built a strong relationship and bond with the clients and designers due to our regular communication and onsite meetings. To show their appreciation after handover, our clients threw a party at their new home for our entire design and build team,’ Robbie says. 
A plush velvet sofa is the centrepiece of this luxurious space
The design courtesy of Hare + Klein, is all about texture and shape
The brief for this project was simple. The clients requested an entertainer’s paradise that would allow them to host both indoor and outdoor events throughout the year. 

While many coastal homes try to replicate or complement the surrounds through muted tones, natural materials and weatherboard cladding, these clients were after something completely different. 

‘They wanted a home that would stand out and contrast with the natural environment. Instead of a simple or muted style, they wanted to go bold, with a design inspired by mid-century modern and industrial styles, and Memphis Milano – a 1980s Italian design group known for colourful, angular shapes and postmodern furniture,’ says Robbie. 

While the original home featured dark and enclosed spaces, the new addition is light, bright and open. When you enter this Bondi residence, you are greeted by an Ettore Sottsass mirror – an iconic item by Memphis Milano. This sets the tone for the rest of the house – crisp, angular spaces paired with eclectic and plush furnishings.
Curves and textured surfaces balance out the bold materials
The design, courtesy of Hare + Klein, is all about texture and shape. Polished concrete floors extend throughout the house, and an abundance of luxe natural stone features in the kitchen and bathrooms. Elsewhere, stucco and Marrakesh plastering helps create dynamic surfaces. 

To balance out these bold materials, curves and textured surfaces feature prominently through the home. The kitchen, dining area and fireplace feature an abundance of natural and ribbed marble, stone and concrete. 
The Ettore Sottsass mirror in the entry
Hare + Klein also worked with the client to select 1970s-style red velvet sofas and banquette seating to add a pop of colour. The home also displays a temperature-controlled wine cellar, a sauna in the master ensuite and a state-of-the-art outdoor pizza oven, complete with concrete bar and built-in ice bucket. The Edge House truly is an entertainer’s paradise.

Edge House at a glance

Builder: Stratti Building

Interior designer: Hare + Klein

Location: Bondi Beach, Sydney 

• Flooring: Timber flooring, Havwoods Australia; installed by Insight Flooring 
• Roofing and metal cladding: Colorbond Ultra ‘Monument’ installed by SRC Professionals 
• External cladding: Charred external cladding, Eco Timber Group 
• Fireplace: Escea fireplace installed by Classic Fires 
• Kitchen: Island bench and benchtop stone supplied by World Stone Australia, installed by Allambie Marble Crafts 
• Joinery: Freestyle Joinery 
• Windows: Alspec black anodised aluminium 
• Lighting: Terrazzo wall lights in laundry, Lighting Collective; island bench pendant light, Design Nation; kitchen table pendant light, Est Lighting 
• Tapware, Brodware 
• Decorative features: Wall finishes from Hermosa Painting Finishes, hallway sculpture by Dion Horstmans.

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