Seaforth home is a modern masterpiece modelled on a classic
Fallingwater is one of the world’s most famous pieces of architecture.
Designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935, and built partially over a waterfall in the US town of Pennsylvania, it featured on the Smithsonian Institution’s “Life list of 28 places to visit before you die”.
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In 1966 the house was also declared a national historic landmark. It has inspired architects around the world, even here on the northern beaches.
When Christian Nicks first set foot inside the home at 10 Bligh Cres, Seaforth, Fallingwater instantly came to mind.
“I’d never seen such beautiful architecture,” he said.
That was about three years ago, and he knew then and there he had to have this house, which was for sale at the time.
Much to his delight, he later learned that Fallingwater had been a major influence on the design by prolific north shore architect Philip Corben.
A small army of builders and contractors created the modern masterpiece, which was completed about four years ago.
Built in a pavilion-style, the house is a triumph of glass walls, sliding doors, louvres, earthy timbers and polished concrete.
It is a substantial and incredibly solid house, and yet it seems to sit so lightly on its land.
“If you look at the house, it only touches the earth in very few places, which is great for the environment,” Mr Nicks said.
No expense was spared, from the Vagli marble island kitchen to the designer bathrooms with heated marble floors.
Running through the centre of the 1063sqm block is a natural rock creek that trickles or runs depending on the rain.
For the past week, the natural water feature has provided quite a show for Mr Nicks and his family.
“I wish it was running faster, more often because I love the sound of it,” he said.
Native and tropical gardens are designed to be natural and low maintenance and make the perfect backdrop for the striking architecture.
“I don’t think I will ever find anything like this again,” he said.
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