Bruce Stafford Architects


BSA Design Team: Bruce Stafford, Rachel Kayoda, Adele McNab, Erik Smithson, Chris Trotta
Structural Engineer: Alba and Associates Consulting Engineers, Advanced Design Innovations PTY LTD
Contractor: Innovative Building Services PTY LTD
Interior Designer:  Hare + Klein Interior Design
Landscape Architect: William Dangar

Photographer: Michael Nicholson, Nick Watts, Michael Wee

Peninsula House Vaucluse

The Peninsula House is a renovation to an existing 1970’s waterfront house in Sydney, Australia. As its name suggests, the house occupies a peninsular siting, which inherently confronts a designer with the challenge, private vs public. The desire for street front concealment provides opportunity for articulated and sculptural forms, while the harbour frontage opens itself boldly to the ocean and headland. In an attempt to reconcile this strong east / west duality, the house echoes its 1920’s neighbour, whose strong curves & linear banding showcase it as a home to be viewed in the round. From the street, the house is split into two distinct wings connected by a single stone drum; a visual pivot point and circulatory heart of the house. The entrance is discreet, slipping behind a cedar screen which travels along the eastern boundary, filtering morning light throughout the living spaces. Internally, the oval drum reveals itself to encase the primary staircase and importantly extends the sculptural street aesthetic into the house. Inside, Point Seymour sits as an iconic backdrop to the living spaces; this boundless scale is balanced with modest spaces, articulated & layered compositions and a palette of materials which provide relief from the exposed setting.



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