Ideas passed down from generation to generation forever change the way people look at their world. It's a stunningly beautiful concept that has redefined the standard of beauty. This building was designed so spectacularly that I wonder how it could have been imagined. Designed by Australian architect Mark Hunter, principal architect of Third Aesthetic, the Ø House, named after the Danish word for "island", honors the architectural heritage of its most famous neighbour, its privileged place in the world defined.
The Ø House Rising from Farm Cove between the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Sydney Opera House, the House looks like delicate water lily petals floating on the harbour, its organic form harmonizing with its surroundings. Creating a home worthy of the best location in the world is an honourable task. The spectacular natural beauty of Sydney Harbour is the backdrop to some of humanity's most iconic architectural achievements. Adding to this stunning panorama requires a delicate hand, an intuitive eye and an inspiring spirit.
The Ø House is a masterpiece that both stands out and blends in, an ethereal balance. Sculptural concrete gives the house an organic curve and elongated profile, while natural wood and sandstone enhance the aesthetic. Glass and nautical grade stainless steel have always been used to ensure the durability of a home as it is timeless. And the lifestyle it offers is indefinable because it didn't exist until now.
But there is growing discontent over new plans to build a huge island-style mansion that will block views to the east of the Sydney Opera House. Mark Hunter called it a "home like no other", while protesters called it a "den of evil". "This is an insult to the people of Sydney," said protester Rollo Piaf, who called for Ø House to become No House. If the plans are approved, the new Ø House will be one of the most forward-looking buildings in Australia.
Sergey Makhno | Viter House