7 Duke Place is located at East Balmain. The site was derelict industrial land left over from nineteenth century maritime activities, and was purchased with the intention of re-developing it as three luxury residences. The site has harbour frontage and access to a slipway and wharf.
The buildings were laid out to take advantage of the substantial cross fall (the site is sixty metres long and drops fourteen metres.). It allowed the siting of residences that could overlook each other and take advantage of extensive harbour views.
The largest dwelling was located at the low end of the site and was a purpose designed house for the owner of the site. The owners of the site had lived for some years in a warehouse conversion in London and wanted the house to have feel and spatial characteristics of an industrial building. The design was centred around a large two storey void which accommodates a cantilever steel stair and high level clerestory lighting which also serves to facilitate cross ventilation through the house. Extensive use of steel elements was made in the presentation of the façade and feature elements in the building. The facades incorporate mechanised louvre systems to control heat gain and privacy.
The other two dwellings are located at the high end of the site and share a common wall. Each dwelling has its own swimming pool.