In days gone by, houses were invariably solid structures that readily met the need for shelter and permanence. Those key requirements are just as valid today, but there is also a demand for light, spacious interiors, glazed walls and a seamless flow between inside and out.
This new house, designed by Banham Architects, provides the best of both worlds the solidity of a natural granite structure, and the lightness that comes with floating horizontal planes, glazed walls and concealed frames and fixings.
Architect Gary Banham says the design was influenced by the owners' desire for simple lines, functional planning and environmental sustainability. It was also inspired by their passion for the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, most notably his Fallingwater house.
"Wright's house is widely acclaimed as a 20th-century masterpiece," he says. "The architecture is in perfect harmony with the setting. However, incorporating elements of this design into a suburban context was challenging."
Banham says the house, which sits on a high hill near the beach, replaces the original 1970s house that stood on the site. Existing stone-walled terraces, under-croft garaging and reinforced concrete slabs were retained to form part of the new house. These elements determined the floor levels and the design of the living spaces above.