Bruce Stafford Architects


BSA Design Team: Bruce Stafford, Elana Castle, Bing Ho
Structural Engineer: R Balas
Contractor: Owner Builder
Interior Architecture: BSA, Elana Castle
Interior Designer: Milenka Kolenda

Photography: Castle + Beatty

K4 House Vaucluse

This family home is the result of an extensive renovation to a modest but elevated harbour-facing property.  The project involved working with a significant proportion of the existing fabric, resulting in the need for a carefully resolved internal layout.

Given the clients’ penchant for entertaining, an additional floor was added which takes advantage of the expansive Sydney Harbour views. Conceived as a “New York style” lounge bar, it features luxurious finishes and bespoke joinery items like integrated leather bench seating and a marble-clad bar area. Another key intervention was the inclusion of a double volume entrance zone which creates a visual connection between the entry level and the upper floor as well as the opportunity for the clients to welcome their arriving guests from the top floor.

BSA worked closely with the clients to choose all the interior finishes, thereby ensuring that the overall architectural design matched their personal vision for their home.


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