Even a great view can be improved by the right architecture. This new house, on a cliff overlooking Pittwater Bay in Sydney's Northern Beaches, has been designed to frame the view, and in doing so has injected the wow factor.
Architect Walter Barda of Walter Barda Design says the resulting view is considerably more remarkable than anyone envisaged.
"The house is not a waterfront property, and there's a lot of bush around, but the design draws the view in, making it very compelling."
In designing the house, the architect says he followed the classic tradition of pavilion-style architecture, with a beach house aesthetic. And although the design was not intended to reference traditional American beach houses in the Hamptons, it does have the solid, enduring quality of such properties.
"This house needed to stand the test of time. It couldn't have a use-by date," Barda says. "It's more Australia than Hamptons, but it does have a similar solidity. There is a sense of substance and permanence in the construction this is not a flimsy building."
Barda puts this down to the structural elements, which have a generous scale. The architect also created a play of different textures on the exterior, which features roughcast rendered cement and a gradation of weatherboard profiles from traditional shiplap through to rough-sawn log-cabin boards. However, the two-tone white and tea-coloured exterior ensures the house has a crisp aesthetic.