The Sydney Opera House is one of the 20th century’s most famous and distinctive buildings, designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon. After moving his family to Australia to oversee the construction of the iconic masterpiece, he happened upon the young Alex Popov.


As can be seen in his architecture, Popov quotes “Nature is fundamental, the past is important, a sense of humility is essential”. His architecture is firmly grounded in the landscape and is strongly established through the framing of views and of the light-filled spatial experience within.


Along with Alec Tzannes, 2018 Gold Medal Winner (Australian Institute of Architects), Popov’s iconic Australian design is evident in the properties we have been privileged to market and sell in the beautiful St Patrick’s Estate in Manly, where their layout and lightness reflects that of a relaxed coastal hideaway.


Alec, another significant architect who has helped inform the Australian vernacular; is the talent behind 4 Montpelier Place, Manly (within St Patrick’s Estate) recently sold by C&H; a home that prioritises light and space, understanding family living in balancing formality with function and landscape, whilst being inherently laidback.