Grand Designs Australia

Episode Guide

Hunters Hill Textural

Series 4 · Episode 8

Daniela Turrin, Niran Peiris and their son Calum are doing something no-one in their historic
street in the prestigious Sydney suburb of Hunters Hill has done before. They’re knocking down
their old house to build a smaller one. But these are people who believe that the family that
spends time together stays together – a  premise that forms the core of the design of their new

Combining their shared love of rustic materials like concrete, stone and wood salvaged from
their old home, the owners, who hail from Italy and Sri Lanka intend to create an intimate living
space that reflects their history.

Flying in the face of convention, they’re building a two storey home with a gravity defying
suspended slab measuring 14 by 10 metres that will span the main living pavillion –  topped by
a planted roof with hanging gardens. In a mix of traditional Ceylonese architecture meets the
rusticity of Italian concrete finishes, this is a house like no other.

Daniela and Niran are only able to pull off this radical departure from their heritage listed
neighbors because their battleaxe block is hidden from the street, accessed by a tree lined
laneway. But this seclusion brings its own set of headaches, beginning with those trees!

For Daniela who’s overseeing the entire project, it’s all new ground as she negotiates her way
through a minefield of red tape, concrete loads, heritage sensitivity and one very  complicated

In creating something unique, have Daniela and Niran pushed the design envelope too far or
will their brazen experiment be a perfect marriage of styles?


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Posted by Ann306Report
What an absolutely beautiful home. There was nothing at all about it that I would change. Congratulations. I hope you have many happy years together there.
Posted by Mark761Report
What a brilliant house! Thoughtfully designed and beautifully detailed around such a strong concept with impressive technical integration. Such a shame the architects didn't even get a mention in the episode let alone an interview when even the builders and subbies made the cut in the final edit. This has happened in a few episodes in now season 4. What I would like to know is how can Peter Madison, a registered architect and 'AIA spokesman' be OK with this? Its really disappointing, the show is Grand Designs not Grand Builds.
Posted by Jo229Report
This house was gorgeous, I loved it. They seemed like a really great family too.
Posted by Michael950Report
Hunter hill house. Check out the v4 house designed by Renata Furlanetto and Marcio Kogan. Suddenly the floorboard concrete roof isn't so original. Nor the rest of the house. Pretty damn cool though
Posted by Sonia105Report
Absolutely loved the Hunter Hills Textural House, my favourite house of all time in both Australian and UK series. Congratulations Daniela and Niran, perfect house, inside and out. Your Dad would be so proud of you!