Positioned high above the rooftops and backing onto bushland the site offered utmost privacy and breathtaking sunset views out to the west. The aim was to elevate the dwelling so that the living areas connected with the surrounding natural landscape which then allowed the natural landscape to flow underneath from the reserve maintaining the connection to native fauna and flora and minimizing any disturbance to the ecology.
Access is maintained by carving the driveway into the side of the hill and using gabion walls that wrap around the topography and embed into the landscape. Stairs at the end then lead up to the elevated living platform and complete privacy, embracing the natural setting.
The large deck and open plan living, dining and reading area runs full length of the residence maintaining this relationship to the canopy and the sunset views beyond. Entrance to the three bedrooms and two bathrooms are discretely hidden within the storage wall which runs through the center of the residence, this minimal internal approach emphasizes the external aspect and setting.
With many more environmental features such as solar, green roof, air tight envelope and internal management systems reducing the external impact and making a big step to moving off-grid as much as possible in an urban setting.