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divides the grand public space from the more intimate spaces to the rear. In general terms, limestone and oak panelling provide the finishes in these smaller rooms. The wine bar, theatre, spa, and service quarters are all more private – being tucked into the hillside – while the massive great room with dining area has operable glass panels opening to the sheltered outdoor entertainment spaces, garden terraces, and the swimming pool. To one side, the single-height kitchen has a wood ceiling and back-painted glass cabinetry that reflects the cityscape. The owners wanted the eat-in kitchen and family area to feel more intimate than the adjacent great room. The sheltered outdoor living room, on the other side of the great room, appears just as lavish as the indoor spaces. “Perched high on the third level, the master bedroom, ensuite and office all have breath-taking views. Designed with retractable glass walls, all these rooms open onto the long terrace,” says Mungall. The bedroom also has a skylight with mirrored sides to maximise light. This can open to the skies at the push of a button while motorised screens can be drawn when darkness is required. The glass walls can be cloaked with motorised sheers and block-out curtains, for shade and privacy. The terrace, with comfortable seating and flickering firepit, provides a private outdoor room. Metal screens, a repeat of the finish that frames the front door, bring shade and create light play on the interior. Several green strategies are employed throughout the residence. search | save | share at