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Above: The glass pavilion is bordered at the rear by the long travertine wall. Freestanding cabinetry helps to separate the living space from the main circulation area behind. The flooring throughout the house is riftcut white oak that has been brushed with a metal brush to bring out the natural texture, then sealed with a clear finish. 56 In contrast to the translucent quality of the pavilion, the rest of the house is clad in durable Parklex wood panels. “The panels feature a phenolic resin and a Bakelite core, which makes them highly stable structurally,” says the architect. “And because they sit proud of the waterproof barrier on the house, heat never transfers across the gap into the building, so they are very energy efficient.” Pali says he wanted the materials to express the architecture and vice versa. “The skin of a building is most usually quite thin, yet often made to seem thicker. At the entry search | save | share at to this house, we clad the vestibule in travertine, and you can see, where the two materials meet, just how thin the wood panels are.” A travertine wall extends right though the house, forming the central spine. Doorways within the wall appear as openings carved out from the stone. “The wall is also a symbolic division between the public and the private spaces,” says the architect. “On one side are the big, open living spaces, and on the other, the bedrooms.” To bring light into the center of the house, there are three long, narrow skylights above the