Night Sky by Peter Stutchbury Architecture, Blackheath, Australia: AUD 3,000,000
The Blue Mountains national park to the west of Sydney is well known for its "dark skies". It is therefore fitting that a house named Night Sky, located in the highest town in the Blue Mountains, should feature an enormous oculus perfect for star gazing. The oculus is part of a spectacular 7.5 metre high vaulted ceiling, the pointy shape of which echoes the silhouette of the Blue Mountains. The rest of the house is not too shabby either, with three perfectly proportioned bedrooms and an award-winning garden.
What the agent says: "It’s a house that, thanks to its thoughtful design, was initially conceived to engage with the universe but, at the same time, has managed to engage with its immediate surroundings and, in doing so, become universal."
What we love:
This house is full of impressive architectural features, from the soaring vaulted roof in the living dining room to the extensive use of bricks (recycled from a demolished apartment block); yet it feels warm and intimate throughout, thanks to the exquisite proportions of the rooms and the welcoming shape of the building. And then there is the pièce de résistance: at a touch of a button the roof-mounted metal panel slides open to reveal the 3.5 m x 2.5 m unglazed oculus, allowing the sun's rays to dance across the interior during the day and offering a generous view of the starry skies at night.
What we would do:
A large L-shaped sofa would look great in the living room. It would be useful to have more cabinets in the kitchen too.
The Night Sky house is offered for sale by Modern House with a guide price of AUD 3,000,000 to 3,300,000. Prices and details are correct as at May 2023.
A generous, inviting sofa would look great in the Night Sky house. Try the Bold Sofa from Moroso, the Duo Sofa from Sancal or the Hug Modular Sofa from Collector.
For spaces with very tall ceilings, like the living room of the Night Sky house, look for a dramatic floor light, such as the Ettorino Big Floor Lamp from Catellani & Smith or the Sampei Floor Light from Davide Groppi, together with discrete wall lights such as the Omma Wall Light from LZF.
Nature-inspired accessories would go well with the brick and concrete interior of the Night Sky house. Try the Arket Plant Pot from 101 Copenhagen, the Jackson Coat Stand from Dare and the Jack Fruit Vase from Ghidini 1961.