Castlecrag is a house about memories. Perched on a steep escarpment overlooking Sugarloaf Bay in Sydney's Middle Harbour, this award-winning house is a re-imagined version of the original family home built in the 1940s by the current owner's grandfather.
The house has been redesigned to suit a family with four children while preserving as much of the original as possible. The new house constantly harks back to the old, from the re-creation of grandfather's fish tank and recycling of floorboards, to retaining an original wall and fireplace. Already recycled in the 40s, the bricks were also carefully recycled back into the new house.
The design by award-winning architects Rachel Neeson and the late Nick Murcutt is arranged over four levels stepping down the long and narrow site. There's a shared family space at the entry level, a parents retreat above, children are one level down and there's a flat for guests on the lowest level. It all spills out to a swimming pool. But it's the planning that is really impressive and perfectly responds to the three remarkable qualities of the site - a large sandstone rock shelf that partially shields the house from the street, a bushland reserve studded with beautiful pink angophora trees and the view over water and Castle Cove below.
Designed to last a lifetime and full of family memories, this is the house where Luke Hastings and his wife Jo Nolan will watch their children grow up.