The Paddington house that legendary architect Ken Woolley built for himself hits the market


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No. 8A Cooper St, Paddington is up for auction on August 31 with a $3.6 million price guide. Picture: Carl Stevens

An award-winning Paddington house that one of Australia’s top architects, Ken Woolley, built for himself has hit the market and is likely to draw crowds to its opens.

Mr Woolley, who died in 2015 at the age of 82, built his urban “Paddington House” at 8A Cooper St in 1980 and it won the Australian Institute of Architects highest honour for premier residential design in 1983.

Now Phillips Pantzer Donnelley’s Catherine Dixon and Kane Dunkley have a $3.6 million guide for the three-bedroom, two-bathroom home on a 355 sqm block with garage and it’s scheduled for auction on August 31.


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The interiors have been refreshed, but the iconic barrel-vaulted ceiling remains. Picture: Carl Stevens

Described as “an iconic home and national treasure” in its ad, the three-storey modernist home has been sensitively updated but still features its dramatic barrel-vaulted ceiling.

There are light and bright entertainment levels across a whole floor.

A north facing terrace has city views.

The home features a new marble kitchen. Picture: Carl Stevens

And the new marble kitchen has an island bench and European appliances.

The master bedroom is on its own floor and has an ensuite.

And the property comes with plans for a basement level guest room with ensuite, still to be approved by council.

No. 8A Cooper St, Paddington is surrounded by lush gardens. Picture: Carl Stevens

The home is set in deep parklike tropical gardens on its block, which is large for the area.

“Paddington House” is one of three homes that Mr Woolley designed and built for his own use in Sydney.

All of the homes were built on steep sites.

The groundbreaking design is expected to attract big numbers to the open homes. Picture: Carl Stevens

The “Palm Beach House” (1986) was an airy pavilion on stilts and the first Woolley house in Mosman (1962) was famous for its grid of interlocking spaces built over multiple levels.

“Mosman House” was considered particularly groundbreaking and Mr Woolley’s career spanned 60 years.

In the 1960s and 1970s he’d worked with the project developers Pettit & Sevitt on their homes which have become famous across Sydney.

He also built a range of public buildings including Town Hall House (1974), The Arc Glasshouses at the Royal Botanic Gardens (1987); the Park Hyatt Hotel overlooking the Opera House (1990) and the Control Tower at Sydney Airport (1994).


Before his death, Mr Woolley also worked in a team planning the Queen Victoria Building’s $48 million revamp.

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