This project has been described as a complete work of art in an architectural format. Its boldness exerts itself for recognition and its transparency allows the sculptured forms to shine bright. It is a building that conjures intrigue, when viewed from any angle. An art-form to be admired for its every detail and smallest intricacies.
The requests for this house were simple. Design a residence that had all Main Living areas on an Upper Level with an extended Family area to the Ground Level. The layout had to maximize rural and coastal views from all areas. Be mindful of the prevailing winds when considering positions for Outdoor Living and Decks, etc. Lots of glass; and bluestone. There had to be bluestone features, somewhere. The word, sculpture got a mention.
To split the living areas was easy. One up and one down as requested. To maximize the views from all areas meant elongating the building so that each area had access to as many exterior walls as possible. Then came the clever employment of angled walls, etc., and the use of large expanses of glass to assure that each area had a virtual 360degree panorama of the views; providing the inhabitants with the visual control desired. With the windows came sun penetration, sought for its warmth, and consequently the inclusion of wide eaves to keep the worst of it out. To combat the wind, Outdoor living areas/decks were located at all points of the compass; with some tucked away in the very recesses created by the angled walls, etc. That took care of the wind; whilst the glass allowed the retention of views from these areas as well. Now for the bluestone. A little bit here (chimney) and a little bit there made for its introduction but then kap-pow a large bluestonewall; to greet all and lead them into the inner sanctums. There we had it; a big, bold and beautiful home with its bluestone and glass; perched on a hill that took in the commanding rural and coastal views. But wait, we had yet to add sculpture. Blade walls supporting Upper Level Decks got the ball rolling but the piece de resistance came in the simplistic form of an exposed, seemingly cantilevered, galvanized steel stair that cut across the bluestone.