Thoma House in Sydney

Tucked away atop the hills of Dover Heights, Thoma House has prime position overlooking Sydney‘s most famous stretch of sand. But the views to Bondi aren’t immediately obvious from the outside, offering only subtle glimpses through crafted openings.

Candalepas Associates designed Thoma House to be a private, protective suburban escape that welcomes you once you’re across the threshold. An unassuming side passageway leads to a dramatic double-height entry and a layered composition of windows. Careful consideration was given to each fenestration, designed to frame a specific view and capture moments; Bondi beach to the south, Military Road to the east, and the city and harbour to the west.

From the seclusion of the garden, a full view of the house is revealed. A west elevation exposes the kitchen and living areas to abundant natural light, while deep eaves serve to offer protection from the sun and to enhance expansive views of the Sydney skyline. The addition of a rear terrace off the living space takes further advantage of light due to the north-facing aspect.

Photography: Rory Gardiner