"The highest point of the roof conforms to local building restrictions and we ran the 3º sloping form down from there. We also ran the ceilings up to follow the roof line creating beautiful full-height interiors.The home's various internal spaces are also configured to optimise the sea views."
Living spaces are positioned upstairs in the middle section of the house. The master suite is upstairs in the east wing, which occupies the highest point on the heavily sloping site.
The other side of the U is shaped by a covered terrace, which includes a narrow element that extends out from the terrace over the pool, much like a diving board. This provides a lighthearted point of interest or folly and frames the views seen from within the pool.
"When looking out from the pool, this extended element cuts across the horizon line creating the pleasing illusion that the sky and the sea merge," says Rule.
Downstairs in the home, there's a pool kitchen, a terrace area and a pool-side bar. Three of the five bedrooms are also on this lower level.
"This specific arrangement of spaces futureproofs the home in two ways for the owners. Firstly, when they are older, they can occupy the upper floor only and have guests or family downstairs, or rent out this level which has a kitchen and bathroom as well as the bedrooms. And secondly, if the owners ever do decide to sell, the option of a home with a potential second income would be a major drawcard."
Futureproofing was considered in yet another way, too, says the house designer.