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Top and above: The stairs, aligned on an axis with the front door, are flanked by a 9m-high concrete wall and the mahogany-framed windows. The architect says the glazed wall at the top of the stairs, behind the sculpture, can be opened to create a thermal chimney – hot air is pulled up through the house and vented out of the building. There is also plenty of cross ventilation in the house, which does not have – or require – air conditioning. entry is relatively low – the pathway to the front door is beneath a giant overhang. The customdesigned, pivoting front door features a layer of orange Perspex, sandwiched between panels of frameless glass. By night, with the light passing through the glass, the door appears to glow. “The entry is all about heightening a sense of anticipation,” says Swatt. “We wanted the house to be a journey of discovery, with a strong element of surprise. The low roof at the entry, which becomes a low ceiling inside, explodes and expands into the great room.” Not everything can be seen at first glance, search | save | share at however. Stainless steel rods beside the entry screen the great room, providing a degree of separation between public and private areas. “The screen is very beautiful – it establishes a fine rhythm, like a staccato pattern, that contrasts the large concrete walls and the great expanse of glass,” says Swatt. “Like the detailing on the tall tower, the rods are a design response to Nicole’s request that the house incorporate some ‘jewellery’, which enhances the tension between masculine and feminine.” In keeping with the owner’s love of art and sculpture, the living room is an artwork in itself.