Fombertaux House


Located on Sydney’s North Shore, an area bristling with some of the finest mid-century houses in Australia, Fombertaux House at Karoo Avenue, East Lindfield holds its own. Designed in 1964 by French born architect Jean Fombertaux (1920-1975) for his own family, it is one of the earliest examples of an expressed steel frame domestic building. Perched on slender steel columns at the edge of the escarpment, its cubic form is clad in pre-cast concrete panels contrasted with large areas of glazing. Internally, the house reflects Fombertaux’s interest in Asian and particularly Japanese design, with living areas arranged on open platforms that spiral around the central stair.