A living area with floor-to-ceiling glass windows on three sides not only offers unabated ocean views but also a charming glimpse of the bustling city skyline in the opposite direction.
The key: turning to a semi-buried structure. The exceptional residence designed by OYO Architects has an open plan living area on the top level that sits just above ground while the private spaces are nestled underneath.
The result is something that captivates you instantly with a series of thick parallel concrete walls creating a smart and stylish family home where privacy is coupled with an air of peacefulness. The series of walls grow progressively taller as they move outward with those forming the peripheral keeping out almost all the outside noise.
But it is the central courtyard that is the true showstopper here as it becomes the heart and soul of this Aussie home where life outside seems far more alluring than indoors! Turning the natural slope of the site into an advantage the interior features a stepwise arrangement of spaces with each one flowing into the next.
The use of stainless steel clips was a masterstroke that helps the architects to use the cedar boards without having to worry about damage over time due to seasonal expansion and contraction of wood.
How often have you come across a home designed to offer the perfect acoustics? Sure we all ponder it while designing the home theater media room or even a more modest TV room. But what about the rest of the house? Nestled in and designed by Bates Masi Architects the truly exceptional provides a captivating answer to that question.
Combining a hint of traditional charm with modern aesthetics a series of single-pitch roofs in alternating direction ensure that each room of the house receives ample natural light while being protected from the harsh summer heat.