Designed for a couple who love entertaining at home, the brief was fairly succinct, with a need for a wing for themselves, together with a separate wing for guests. Other requirements, such as a basement garage for seven cars were included, along with a theatrette and room for their wine collection (all at basement level). The scale is further reduced by the treatment of each floor, with the ground floor constructed in brick anchoring the boomerang-shaped form, with the upper level clad in copper, curvaceous and cantilevered to embrace the site, as well as filtering the sunlight.
Pivotal to the design is the grand lobby, with its plastered staircase set within a double-height void. Conceived as a piece of sculpture, the void and staircase loosely delineate the more private spaces within the home with the kitchen, dining and living areas on one side, and the guest bedrooms and entertainment wing, including the pool and alfresco dining area, on the other. To capture the spirit of this home, one can easily draw out some of the most impressive areas.
Cera Stribley Architects