Vogue Living, Issue: March 2013
Some houses meander in and out of your life and the Jack House, in Sydney’s northern suburb of Wahroonga, is, for me, one such house. I first came across it in 2006 when researching a book on mid-century Australian architects-designed houses. Russell Jack, the remarkable architect and original owner, had built the house with his wife Pamela in 1957. It had won the prestigious Sulman Award for Architecture, giving a boost to his then fledgling firm Allen Jack+Cottier. The house defied many notions of the day in terms of structure and siting, and not everyone applauded his radical approach. One disgruntled member of the public wrote to the press complaining that it looked like “a series of hen coops on sticks”.