Designed and built
B.A. Moore, Crows Nest
Grandview Drive, Newport
3 Bedroom, Study, 2.5 Bath, 2 Car (Carport & Off-Street)
Nancy Renzi, Renzi Design
© Jennifer Soo (Photos: 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12) © Sharyn Cairns Photography (Photos: 3, 4, 5,11)
The adventure of arriving at Hollander House begins with the drama of Grandview Drive and an arrival under the architect’s shell-roofed garage supported by three hand-formed ferro-cement columns that immediately evoke memories of the Antonio Gaudi’s Barcelona architecture. The surprises continue with the rounded corners of the asymmetrical front door and the lobular timber panels of an adjacent gateway.
Inside, Hollander’s interior architecture continues this adventuresome exploration of the site’s potential by following the site’s slope through a terrain-embracing floorplan. While each zone of living space is universally functional and efficient; the materials, the internal spaces, and their individual views into surrounding bushland are calibrated to the setting. Using the definition popularised by the American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, it fulfils all of the criteria of an ‘organic’ house developed specifically for the site.
The architect’s ambitious exploration of elliptical geometry working in the medium of steel-reinforced cement is a near-ideal fusion of medium and architectural intent. The interiors and exteriors are carefully calibrated to create a building that grows out of the site. As Frank Lloyd Wright said of organic architecture, “No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill.” Hollander’s house at 81 Grandview Drive fulfils that criterion.
Hollander developed a floor plan enveloping three levels beginning at the entrance hall and office, continuing through the living area to the kitchen/dining area, and ultimately ascending to the casual recreation room at the highest elevation. The elliptical walls are not governed by mathematics but as the architect told a journalist in an interview as the house was nearing completion, “I chose curves which I thought were correct aesthetically”. His multiple levels have been carefully displaced to allow internal long views and vistas.
“You can add a bit on a normally straight wall or take a bit off, and it won't really make that much difference to the rest of the plan. But with a house like this, altering one curve means everything is out.”