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'70s gem by Sydney Opera House architect on market for the first time

Peter Hall designed the midcentury home for a supreme court judge and his wife

Interior-exterior shot of living room open to the courtyard and pool via sliding glass walls.
The home is largely original, aside from a small extension built in 1990.
Photos © Tamara Graham via Modern House

There’s plenty of refreshing midcentury modern homes to be found in Australia, and this “bolthole” in Sydney comes with some impressive credentials. The Helsham House was designed in 1974 by Peter Hall, the architect who took over the completion of the Sydney Opera House after its original architect Jørn Utzon resigned, for a supreme court judge and his wife.

The L-shaped floor plan of the single-story, flat-metal-roofed residence features an open living and dining area, spacious eat-in kitchen, and a master bedroom all arranged along the long, glazed side facing a pool and courtyard. The additional two bedrooms are set on the short side for a total of three beds and two baths.

Besides a small extension that was added in 1990, the 1,851-square-foot residence is largely in tact, retaining most of its original architectural details, which still feel surprising today. These include pine-paneled ceilings, cork flooring, chocolate-brown-glazed bathroom tiling, external brickwork, and more. There’s even a full-sized tennis court beyond the pool. Not too shabby.

Though the price is not listed, estimates have the property at 8 First Avenue, Willoughby East in the mid-two-million-Australian-dollar range. Take a look.

Via: The Spaces, Modern House