These waterfront sites are steep, covered in rocky outcrops and tall Eucalypts, overlooking a coastal inlet and taking in the sunset over the National Park beyond.
The architectural brief asked for a functional, modern home with:
- comfortable access
- environmentally responsible
- creative spaces for artworks, landscape features etc.
Architectually the building embraces a concept of "flowing space", reminiscent of the Modern Movement such as the "Bauhaus", going back to 1929.
The sequence of internal and external spaces linking down the sloping site, became a "continuum of space", marked by "space forming elements" such as a lift tower, a stone garden wall, a fountain, freestanding fire place etc.
In particular the configuration of roof and wall planes is creating a play of light and shade, whilst letting in the winter sun only, but keeping out the southerly storms.
The builidng becomes climatically responsive, i.e.
- living levels receive controlled sun light all day/year round
- winter sun boosting hydronic heating in polished concrete floor
- solar roof panel array with battery backup
Of course, the success of any building is in the satisfaction of its users.