"Because the ceiling rises to such a height, there is an uninterrupted view of the tops of the peaks, even from the back of the living area."
To ensure all rooms maximise the view, the house is almost entirely open plan. Living areas are on the ground floor and bedrooms are on a mezzanine suspended within the pavilion this entire floor is supported by the roof and a central double-column structure.
"The living area is also essentially a timber platform floating between the glass walls," says McPike. "The effect is amplified at night by lights on the floor around the perimeter of the space. Premium hardwood in a light shade without any knots was chosen to enhance the pale, clean-lined look."
McPike also chose to let the view speak for itself there are no artworks to detract from the outlook, apart from a large, illuminated glass sculpture beside the stairwell. To reinforce the pared-back architecture, an island bar unit is raised from beneath the floor when required.
A white-lacquered kitchen, with tall black cabinets either side, is positioned at the rear of the living space. With a large island and bar stools, it is designed for easy entertaining. The house also has a subterranean wine cellar carved out of the rock a natural, textural antithesis of the sleek glass and steel.
Mezzanine bedrooms are symmetrically positioned either side of the central axis, and all have views. A small reading room between the master suite and second bedroom affords a view right through the two structural columns in the centre of the house. Even in the minimalist bathrooms the emphasis is on the outlook the tub in the master suite is aligned with the view.
Comfort is also assured, along with energy savings, despite the massive mount of glazing.