Concrete Simplicity: Klein House by MHN Design Union

Award-winning practice MHN Design Union designed Klein House, a contemporary residence located in Vaucluse, an eastern suburb of Sydney, Australia and completed in 2015.




“The brief was to create a practical family home that captures the panoramic views of the Harbour and provide a warm and relaxed atmosphere with plenty of light and generous amenity. The existing tennis court to the south was to be retained, and the associated tennis pavilion refurbished and altered.
The project was conceived as a group of two pavilions set around a central courtyard where the spaces can freely flow from inside to outside, permitting both pavilions access to eastern and northern light. The house is set as closely as allowable to the western boundary, pulled away from the neighbouring property to the east for solar gain and greater views.” – MHN Design Union



“The narrow site entry was widened by cutting back the existing sandstone rock boulders to allow for a generous entry stair nestled alongside the rock face. The wide cantilevered concrete treads follow the shape of the rock and lead up to the entry door.
The Ground floor level accommodates a mix of formal and informal rooms on different levels and a large covered outdoor terrace beside the pool. The first floor accommodates a parent’s retreat making the most of the northerly aspect and views, with the children’s bedrooms located on the top floor. The existing tennis pavilion was retained as a guest house with a new level added to house a gym.” – MHN Design Union


“To emphasise the sense of seamless spaces the architectural material palette of dark metal, timber, stone and off-form concrete makes its way to the inside of the house with beautifully designed interiors. The client had a strong sense of style and a very good understanding of materiality, form and space. The design process was a true collaboration be¬tween client, architect and interior designer where every detail was discussed intensively and resulted in a beautifully finished home.” – MHN Design Union


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