BURRAN AVE | MOSMAN by Corben Architects

  • Architecte : Corben Architects
  • Interior design: Elizabeth Hattersley Design
  • Completed: 2016
  • Builder: ICMG LIVING
  • Area: 550
  • Photographer: Justin Alexander


Set on a battle-axe block above Balmoral Beach adjacent to a nature reserve, this three level house is designed to enjoy the breathtaking water views from every level. The site required neighbour negotiations early in the design process resulting in a mutually agreed building envelope that satisfied Council’s view sharing policy, ending in a speedy DA approval.

The journey from the street begins down a gentle stair in the landscaped access handle shared with the driveway, past a double garage door integrated with wall cladding leading to a custom finished front door. The entry on middle level welcomes one with its light filled double height volume and a striking off-form concrete wall with a timber clad cantilevered stair.

The living space beyond, with its centrepiece of beautifully crafted marble kitchen island, is large and expansive yet articulated to provide intimate spaces and framing the panoramic water view. The upper level consists of the main bedrooms with the private master suite and the ensuite commanding the unencumbered sweeping water views.

The lower level consists of guest bedrooms and Rumpus Room that combines with undercover BBQ terrace and swimming pool to provide a private sanctuary with a tranquil resort feel. In contrast to the geometric building, the landscaping consists of a series of free-form terraces working with the site contours and integrating natural features.

Extensive native planting is used to complement the adjacent nature reserve and integrate with its natural context. The project has also been an excellent example of a successful and trusting client-architect–builder partnership resulting in a detailed contemporary residence from the initial purchase to completion in approximately two years.



Corben Architects is an experienced, Sydney based, architectural practice committed to the creation of great buildings.

The practice specialises in sophisticated and distinctive residential projects, ranging from high quality individual houses to large, multi-unit, apartment developments. Corben Architect’s work encompasses a wide variety of architectural design approaches ranging from heritage restoration to innovative contemporary design.

The practice predominantly undertakes work in Sydney within the Municipalities of Sydney City, Mosman, Manly, North Sydney, Willoughby, Warringah, Pittwater and Woollahra. We have also designed and built beach houses, mountain lodges and rural estates throughout Australia.

Our success is a reflection of our ability to carefully listen to our client’s brief, assess their needs, fulfil their vision and exceed their expectations by creating buildings that are functional, practical and comfortable living and working environments.

All our work is the direct result of client recommendations and referrals.

At Corben Architects we provide practical advice whilst controlling budgets and meeting deadlines. We work as a team with our clients to meet our mutual primary objective; to ensure our clients are as proud of their projects as we are of our architecture.

Interior design: Elizabeth Hattersley Design 

Elizabeth Hattersley Design specialises in creating timeless and contemporary residential interiors with a focus on natural materials and finishes that are coherent with the overall building design.

As a qualified Building Designer, Elizabeth can work alongside architects, builders and/or directly with clients depending on the project requirements.

For further information please contact: elizabeth.hattersley@gmail.com

Photography by Justin Alexander

Minimalist and modern, carefully curated and contemporary. Not just the homes but the photography. Love it when a photographer matches their style to the subject’s aesthetic. Imagine these beautiful minimalist spaces photographed with fussy mood lighting, overly clever angles, composition and depth of field. Clean lined is clean lined and fabulous for it.” Design To Inspire

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