Bruce Stafford Architects


BSA Design Team: Bruce Stafford, Rachel Kayode, Adele McNab, Vincent Chi
Structural Engineer: NB Consulting Engineers
Contractor: JBC Constructions
Quantity Surveyor: Heymann-Cohen
Interior Decorator: Joanne Walker
Landscape Consultant: Marci Hosking

Photography: Elana Castle

W House Neutral Bay

This house involved the extensive renovation of a typical 80’s waterfront property that had been revived multiple times. Inspired by a house that the clients had owned in New Zealand, the brief was to create an industrial yet chic backdrop to showcase their significant collection of antiques and collectibles. To achieve the desired look, the ceilings were stripped bare, leaving exposed concrete surfaces which were then cleaned and scaled.  The services have also been deliberately exposed, which increased ceiling heights.

Most significantly, the internal spaces have been re-organised to create a sense of architectural scale with a 3- storey stairwell which is offset by the natural ruggedness of an exposed cliff face. The interiors include the use of copper and patinated metals including zinc, brass which will wear with time.  Custom stainless steel vanities, herringbone floors and steel, contrast with the extensive use of off-form concrete.


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