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mahogany, and designed to set up a visual rhythm on the side of the building. Mahogany also defines the horizontal roof planes that extend from the inside to the outside. “The house is anchored by a solid concrete core that climbs to more than 9m in places, and by a series of blade walls that run right through the house and out into the landscape,” says Swatt. “Visually, the 9m concrete tower is the single anchoring element for the entire building. The timber slats on the tower disguise the variation in the size of the windows behind.” Compared to the rest of the building, the Above: Conceived as a work of art in itself, the house creates a contemporary gallery for the owners’ extensive art collection. The double-height open-plan living space is screened from the front entry by a row of stainless steel slats. The screen provides a degree of privacy, while heightening a sense of anticipation. Left: A pivoting orange-glass front door with stainless steel hardware was custom built for the project. search | save | share at