Palm Beach … Wooden House
In 1982 we had the opportunity of building a small building perched on a very steep block of land overlooking Palm Beach and Barrenjoey headland. Being a very difficult site, we hand excavated and discovered that half the site was on bed rock and the other half on large floaters.
Clever geotechnical engineering sorted this issue out and we proceeded to build our timber building on a complex concrete foundation structure. This building features large multi paned windows from the demolition from the wharves at Woolloomooloo. A traditional sandstone fireplace and sandstone walls which came from the excavation and timbers procured from the demolition of the wheat silo at Granville. Another interesting feature is the mud floor which is finished with the traditional boiled linseed oil and turps flood coated and polished. This floor has stood the test of time and has been repeated in the art gallery of the Aboriginal section downstairs under the glass atrium, by us.
This is a very special small building hardly visible from anywhere yet commanding a magnificent view and soaked in all day sunshine.
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