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hours on the house.” While the couple are
still fit and active, there are also carer’s
quarters and a lift for their later years.
Despite a plethora of palatial homes
surrounding the property, the owners
resisted making a n ostentatious statement.
Featuring polished, pre-cast concrete
panels, zinc cladding and plenty of glazing,
the home sits subtly into the slope yet
generates a strong, elegant street presence.
Once you enter the house, this becomes
secondary, and the views become the
primary feature, Michael says.
Huge picture windows open up the
vista, creating views that allow the
occupants to feel connected to their
surroundings – which, as well as the water,
includes a limestone escarpment.
Stone, timber a nd glass dominate, with
Spanish limestone adorning the floor and
an American oak kitchen, custom-made
cupboards and doorframes adding warmth.
“The simple palette makes the house feel
calm,” M ichael says.
The aim was to give the owners a living
zone on the highest elevation possible to
maximise the beautiful outlook, he adds.
“We were creating a house for the
owners that was right up in the air. The
accommodation that was set in the other
two levels below was a result of the space
created by the elevation.”
The couple live on the top floor, which
includes a master bedroom, ensuite,
kitchen, meals, family, laundry, guest
powder room and home office. They
BELOW right The soft, neutral palette in the living room
is complemented by cushions, a throw, a coffee table, a rug
and vases, all from Freedom, and a glass from Domayne.
OPPOSITE Another view of the living area – the candle and
holder are from Freedom. RIGHT Clever use of glass at the end of
the entrance hall removes the boundaries between inside and out.
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