Think of the intricate interiors of the nautilus seashell, then imagine it unfurled into long runs of sectioned elements. This unravelled seaside icon was the inspiration for one of Australia's largest and grandest contemporary homes.
Called Nautilus, the residence was constructed by Sammut Developments and designed by Innovate Architects together with major input from the owner with architect Cameron Jones at the helm.
The scale of Nautilus is impressive, says co-owner of Sammut Developments, John Sammut. With a roof area of 3950m² and sprawled over six stepped levels, the home includes seven bedrooms, parking for 20 cars, a bowling alley, a wine cellar, and a subterranean tunnel that leads to the property's newly built private beach and a restored 123-year-old, two-tier boathouse.
"The house is designed in wings, essentially four self-contained apartments," Cameron Jones says. "The owner wanted a home that felt like a resort so family and friends could come and stay."
Nautilus is designed to nestle within the site, to sit comfortably with its neighbours and not impact the foreshore. From the street, it's hardly seen, screened by extensive landscaped gardens and large trees. There are also two private car tunnels carved out of sandstone leading to the home's two underground garages, while two driveways access visitor parking and the entry.
The home spans four blocks of waterfront land and setting it partly into the hill required the excavation of 6500m³ of sandstone, the equivalent to three-and-a-half Olympic pools.