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of energy through the house, the main axis is defined by a long staircase that steps up the hill, echoing the width of the entry opposite. “The windows cast patterned shadows, so even the stairs are a piece of art,” says Swatt. “However, they also function as a thermal chimney. Warm air rises up through the house and is vented through a glass panel that can be opened at the top of the stairwell. At night, the thermal mass of the concrete wall beside the stairs radiates heat to warm the house.” Other exposed materials in the house include large steel columns in the great room. The raw concrete and steel are contrasted by a glossy, auto-paint finish on the island. To maintain the sleek lines of the great room, there are two kitchens – one behind the scenes for food preparation and one for serving and hospitality. The great room opens up to a large terrace and a 22m-long pool that laps up against the house. With three infinity edges, the pool appears to merge with the landscape beyond. Here again, the architecture pays homage to artistic expression. An architectural steel canopy, painted bright blue, marks the passage of the sun with changing elliptical shadows. Above: Swatt Miers Architects designed the freestanding blue steel shade canopy beside the pool, which laps up against the house. The pool is perpendicular to the main axis of the building. The linear look of the landscaping is reinforced by the timber decking and concrete wall, and by the vertical tower element. Timber screens on the tower disguise different-sized windows in the rooms behind. search | save | share at trendsideas.com