Bruce Stafford Architects


BSA Design Team: Joe McGregor, Bruce Stafford.

Structural Engineer: NB Consulting

Contractor: Notter Constructions

Interior Designer:  Bruce Stafford Architects

Landscape Architect: Secret Gardens & Nicholas Bray

Photographer: Nicholas Watt

Kitchen Photographer: Nick Delorenzo

Photographer Stylist: Lucia Braham

Darling Vista

Nestled into an extremely steep site and surrounded by high-rise apartment buildings, our Darling Vista house is a rare single residential dwelling in an historic part of Sydney that, throughout the 1960’s and 70’s under relaxed planning controls, saw the majority of its single residential dwellings bulldozed to make way for large multi-residential towers. As a professional couple with a young family, our clients desired a functional family home with a contemporary, minimalistic design that responded to their busy lifestyle. In a considerably exposed location, providing privacy while capitalising on the views was critical. Screening elements, cantilevered balconies and canopies and a cabana at the pool level protect our clients from overlooking eyes in the neighbouring towers while an open stair, large voids, clerestory windows and an internal courtyard flood the depths of the house with natural light. Unprotected from the harsh environment, materiality was key to delivering a low maintenance house that will weather gracefully in time. The combination of raw concrete, charred and natural timber, aluminium and glass provide an exterior that requires minimal care while internally the use of natural timbers and stone provide timeless beauty and warmth.



Bruce Stafford Architects is an award winning practice based in Sydney, Australia.

Formed in 1980 in South Africa by principal Bruce Stafford, BSA has been responsible for the design and construction of over 200 projects in Australia, Africa and the Caribbean. The firm’s first eco-boutique hotels, Singita Ebony and Singita Boulders, received critical acclaim and numerous awards including Conde Nast Traveler’s “Best Hotel in the in World” and Travel and Leisure magazine’s “Best Hotel in the World”.

In 2001, Bruce relocated the office to Australia due to a number of client commissions for private residences along Sydney’s waterfront. In the past decade, the practice portfolio has grown to include a number of distinctive and prestigious properties in the Eastern Suburbs. BSA’s designs are underpinned by three main sources of inspiration: the “genius loci” or “spirit of place”, the use of natural materials and the desire to create seductive spaces. Equally renowned for their distinctive touch as well as a collaborative approach, BSA’s designs are always reflective of their client’s needs and desires.

Priding itself on a reputation for personal service, every project is approached with enthusiasm, commitment and integrity. Recognising that success is not only measured by captivating images but also by programmatic achievement, every project benefits from extensive planning as well as an acute attention to detail. The BSA team is skilled in all aspects of the development process, from initial design to final construction, including extensive experience working with local authorities and a range of design consultants.

Bruce Stafford Architects is dedicated to creating finely crafted buildings and interiors that are valued by our clients and the wider community.



Suite 307
Level 3
19a Boundary street
Rushcutters Bay 2028
t. (02) 9327 7889

Nominated Architect: Bruce Stafford 7155