Set among a series of hillside rock outcrops, this waterfront house in Northwood synthesises the rugged surrounding landscape and refined modern living. The house is isolated from an entry courtyard and accessed via a dramatic elevated walkway. Separation of the house creates a series of outlooks allowing connection with the detailed rock formations and gives the building a unique sense being nestled in the forest. Natural light floods the upper most floor via a circular skylight over the Lounge room. This also allows ongoing appreciation of the eucalypt tree canopy both day and night. Below this is a series of generous bedrooms and finally on the basement level is a large entertaining deck and elevated swimming pool which tucks under the building at one end and projects out into the tree canopy at the other. A brutalist material palette externally is contrasted by a warm, delicate and luxurious interiors.

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