Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Jack House

I had the absolute privilege of visiting Jack House nestled in the leafy suburb of Wahroonga in Sydney during my trip down south. Jack house is the 1957 Sulman Award winning home designed by Russell and Pamela Jack and now in the loving custodianship of designer and educator Annalisa Capurro.

Front entry to Jack House 

The L-shaped home is the epitome of understated restraint, but exudes an overwhelming warmth that is hard to ignore as you first enter its doors. Built over a natural creek bed, the home is a study of how architecture sits in harmony with its environs rather than rudely intruding into a peaceful setting.

During rainy weather a cascade of water flows through the masonry arch as a natural stream runs through the property
The hallway to the living areas
Annalisa kindly opened her home to a group of about 30 design enthusiasts on the weekend, giving us a tour of the place that she now calls home and explaining many of the intricacies and quirks of the iconic Australian home. The home is very much intact and was recently given a State Heritage listing in New South Wales.

Annalisa (wearing black ) is giving her guests a tour of the office.
Nino Sydney, architect of the Beachcomber homes, paid a special visit  and is the white-haired gentleman to the left of Annalisa

Here are some of my photographs on the day. They barely do justice to this beautiful home...

The living area. Some of the furniture pieces came with the home when Russell Jack sold  it to Annalisa.

Small sitting room behind the fireplace

Annalisa has collected mid-century furniture for nearly 20 years.
She said that many of her pieces have slotted into the home perfectly.

The office/study with original wallpaper and built-in cabinetry

The silvered timber deck with two Hardoy chairs

The dining room 
This home was yet another highlight of a rather excellent trip to Sydney. A trip made in heaven for someone like me!   


  1. Simply beautiful! You must be having the time of your life, seeing such amazing spaces.

    1. I had the best time Dana and got my fill of great mid-century good. xx

  2. I've lusted over the Jack House many times - it's a favourite of mine in the Karen McCartney book. You are so lucky to see it in the flesh Brismod.
    What an amazing weekend you must've had. Rose's house then this. I wonder what other little gems you saw?

    (I totally missed your pics Anita - so sorry. My inbox is a mess.I hunted through my emails and found them this morning. I wish I could've included them. I'm really cross with myself and have given myself a smack!)

    1. Jack House is very special indeed. I am very happy to have seen it. A great experience.
      And ha ha about the photos - don't mind at selfies are not part of my usual repertoire! xx

  3. Sounds like it was an amazing weekend. Love how some of the original furniture has remained with the house - lucky owner! And what a spread on the table - was that put on just for you? xx

    1. Ha! Not just for me...thankfully! Yes, Annalisa is very fortunate to own this home and knows it and cherishes it. xx

  4. Oh what a beautiful house! I love the warmth of the wood combined with all that glass, stunning!!

    1. It really was a beautiful house. I could easily live in a home like this. xx


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