The Rippon House

Iconic Australian Houses Focus Tours

On this tour we are joined by Mike James, current owner of the Rippon House, who will discuss the design of his home, including the challenges and joys of living in such a unique space.

When Architect Gerry Rippon and his wife, Margaret, built this house in 1969, the idea of a ‘nature’ house was foremost in their minds. Although it sits on a busy suburban streetscape with neighbours on three sides, the house still has the feel of being buried in the bush. When it was built, only three trees were removed, reluctantly.

However, there is much more to the trees than their presence outside the glass surrounds. The overall design, from the internal columns supporting the floating roof, to the central atrium giving sunlight to all aspects of the house, was inspired by the soaring eucalypts.

An unbroken line of sight through the living areas gives a sense of endless space that flows superbly to the natural bush setting. The engineering was done by Ove Arup & Partners, who were the engineers for the Sydney Opera House, and it was built by Gino Pasquali.

Date built, architect: 1970, Gerry Rippon

Tour leader: Mike James, current owner of the Rippon House


Additional information: Photography permitted | Not accessible by wheelchair


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Iconic Australian Houses

Exterior of Buhrich house showing distinctive curved roof
Buhrich House II, architect Hugh Buhrich. Photo © Michael Wee

Kicking off a new season of exciting exhibitions and events on April 12 will be Iconic Australian Houses, at the Museum of Sydney, exploring 29 iconic architect-designed 20th century houses from the 1950s to the 1990s, and presented in partnership with the Architecture Foundation of Australia.

Bookings Essential

Individual Tours

General $30
Concession/Member $25


For 3 or more tours
General $25 per tour
Concession/Member $20

When & where

Saturday 10 May 2014 1PM–1.45PMSold out
Saturday 10 May 2014 2PM–2.45PMSold out
Saturday 10 May 2014 3PM–3.45PM – SOLD OUT


Exact location to be confirmed at time of booking