"The cantilevered framework is also a visual feature," says Peters. "It runs up from the ground floor master wing, across the roof, then down and back across to form the base of the deck. From there, it turns upwards again, forming the deck's side balustrade. The result is a crisp, yet functional architectural flourish."
The exterior highlights a simple palette of sustainable and highly durable materials. The base of the house is in exposed concrete with the upper storey clad in long anodised aluminium panels, specified in a complementary charcoal tone. Both of these cladding treatments are accented at several points with e®pe wood for balance and warmth.
A distinctive entry adds to the street appeal and further encourages an appreciation of the wider setting. To minimise the footprint on the land, the house and double garage are separated, but also connected by a suspended tube element that continues as a distinct form on the interior. This forms the internal, private entry from the garage to the interior and is the only enclosed space on the top floor. It includes a mud room and powder room in the external section.
Guests, on the other hand, enjoy a different arrival experience. They reach the house via an open walkway that runs alongside the tube. This pedestrian bridge suspends visitors over the landscaped hill, inviting them to take in the wider surroundings. These is also a view right though the interior to the river from the path to the large front doors. The walkway floor is in e®pe, an exotic hardwood, as is the cladding on the internal access. And it is the choice of surfaces generally that helps ground the house in its natural setting.
Pivoting double front doors open to reveal a freestanding wall that arrests the immediate impact of the dramatic setting. Beyond this to the left, there is a glass balustrade and beyond that, a double height void with an exposed steel staircase.
"Part of the brief was to have plenty of wall space to hang the owners' substantial collection of artworks, and this void effectively doubles as an art gallery," says Peters. "A sculpture of a warrior and horse fixed high on the wall can be appreciated from both levels, as well as through the window from the pedestrian bridge."