"All the walls have increased density, so they are nearly 300mm thick. This provides very deep openings that enhance the sense of solidity and permanence," he says. "We also made the doors overweight, so their heaviness reinforces the substantial feel of the interior this is a house built for future generations."
MacDonald says the house was designed and positioned to maximise the sunny aspect, and the view. As the best angle for the terrace was at 45° to the front of the house, the plan has two axes. This means the rooms facing the view, including the family living areas, are at a 45° angle to the foyer and formal living and dining rooms.
"One of the key challenges was to try and hide this change of direction, so you don't have to make a conscious turn when moving through the different spaces," the designer says. "The provision of curved transition areas helps achieve this. A slight curve in the foyer, for example, accommodates this change of direction without it being noticed."
The spacious entry leads to both the formal and informal living areas, which have a soft, warm colour palette. Interior designer Jeremy Wunderlich of Hanson Nobles Wunderlich says the owners wanted a classic, monochromatic look, with no jarring elements.
"Their previous home in New York was a pre-war apartment with classical architecture, and they wanted to re-create the look," he says. "Their existing furniture worked very well with this style."
Wunderlich says colours were largely limited to soft yellows, creams and warm neutrals. Contrasting textures and a variety of wallcoverings add richness, and a sense of luxury.
The wallcoverings include a paper-backed silk for the formal dining room, a burlap paper in the intimate bar hall, and a ticking stripe paper for the kitchen, which complements the soft cream tones of the cabinetry.