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Bifolding doors can be opened up all round to give a completely protected indoor-outdoor space, Banham says. “It’s possible to sit there with candles lit on the table even when there’s quite a wind blowing from the west.” This seamless flow from indoors to outdoors is enhanced by using frameless glass doors to open to the entertaining areas and the limestone tiles used on the interior floors and on the terraces. The upper level of the two-storey home contains a well-equipped home studio, a retreat area, guest bed and bath and the main bed and bath. For Gary Banham, this house by the ocean is the culmination of a lifetime designing homes. For this one, he also had the luxury of time to perfect the design. “I worked on the ideas with my son Steeg for several years – making models, discussing and making changes,” he says. “That’s meant we’ve made the right decisions architecturally and aesthetically. I couldn’t say there’s anything I would consider as being a mistake.” Above and facing page, lower: The shape of the site allowed most interiors to face north and so be protected from prevailing winds. This includes a space that architect Gary Banham refers to as the atrium – an outdoor space that can be opened to the indoors on three sides. Even in blustery conditions, this provides a calm and sheltered outdoor entertaining area. search | save | share at 23