Bruce Stafford Architects


BSA Design Team: Bruce Stafford, Jens Wagner
Structural Engineer: Curnick & Associates
Contractor: Norton & Son Builders
Interior Designer: Sally Greenaway

Photographer: Prue Ruscoe & Castle +Beatty

H House Double Bay

This narrow east-facing site presented challenges in providing natural light and ventilation due to tall neighbouring buildings.  In response, the new internal layout was based on a central circulating spine with carefully articulated double volume spaces and high ceilings and doors, to create a loftier sense of space and to bring illumination and spatial relief to the constricted internal spaces.

An off-form, thickened concrete facade with recessed openings and controlled glazed element was developed to filter traffic noise from the street.

The formal areas were located just behind the street frontage whilst the casual entertainment zone – a covered alfresco living and dining area – opens to the private rear courtyard which features a linear pool along the back boundary.  The kitchen was pivotally placed to serve the informal and formal areas and command surveillance of the pool and family zones.


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