Above: Alaskan yellow cedar cladding distinguishes the more modern annex from the stone building. Separated from the latter by a breezeway, the annex is a self-contained guest wing. Facing page top: Ancient olive trees on the approach to the front entrance contribute to the backstory that the stone building is an old winery. Plan: 1 entry, 2 hall 3 great room 4 kitchen, 5 scullery, 6 dining, 7 office, 8 garage, 9 wine cave, 10 bedroom, 11 bathroom, 12 library, 13 coffee deck, 14 closet, 15 craft room, 16 laundry, 17 breezeway, 18 underpass, 19 mezzanine continues from the main building through the breezeway, to the annex. This is a selfcontained guest wing with two bedrooms, ensuites and laundry. The annex is clad in Alaskan yellow cedar and, in further contrast to the stone building, all its guttering and downpipes are concealed. Solar panels on the roofs of the singlestorey buildings supply most of the electricity the house needs. Cohen says while energy efficiency was important, it wasn’t a driving force behind the design. search | save | share at trendsideas.com However, the house has most of its window expanse on the more sheltered north face, and shades have been added to any exposed windows. The main house also benefits from radiant heat from the slab floor, and there’s a multi-split system for heating and cooling. But for Julian Cohen the ultimate success of his design lies in the responses given by visitors to the property. “Some people believe this really is a renovated old winery – which is exactly what we were aiming for,” he says.