My friend, architect Chris Elliott designed his house with the location, the environment at the forefront of his mind. There are four different levels and each one has a different concept. The basement level is a grotto. The main living area is an open platform for viewing the landscape. The upstairs bedroom is more protected and private like a cocoon. All of that is surmounted by a belvedere, or viewing place at the top with a view out over the ocean. He’s a keen surfer at nearby Bronte beach.
As soon as you walk in there is a feeling of peace, calm and simplicity.
Sit in the lounge room with a cup of tea and stare out over the ocean, with the waves crashing on the rocks below and you might see some whales.
There are so many hidden cupboards where any bits and pieces which normally clutter houses, are stored away from eyesight. I’ve never seen such simplicity in a house.
“I wouldn’t exactly classify myself as a minimalist but I’ve certainly been influenced by a long line of minimalists, principally Mies Van der Rohe. I think a house first and foremost needs to be somewhere that’s really peaceful and comfortable to live in. So I guess there’s elements of a minimalist influence, but that’s not the end of the story, there are other ideas there as well.”
There’s a simple Mediterranean feel, with aqua tiles in the bathroom and some aqua walls, although it’s predominantly white with the ocean and sky as a backdrop. There are Scandinavian and Japanese influences. I’ve never been in anything like in Australia or anywhere else in the world.
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