Winner, Residential Interior Design, Interior Design Awards, 2009 Shortlisted, Best Residential Interior, Interior Design Excellence Awards, 2009 Modern without overt references, the design embraces shadow and light. A simple palette of materials – cement rendered walls, honed concrete, steel, aluminium, glass – allude to a simplicity of form and function reminiscent of houses built in the 60’s and create a compelling rhythm of opposites: solidity and transparency, light and dark, cool and warm, hard and soft. A giant pivoting aluminium front entry door creates a dramatic, striking and completely unexpected arrival point. When opened it appears as an entire wall pivoting and retreating. A requirement for additional space was paramount however it was deemed equally critical that the internal courtyard, the element that initially attracted the owner to this property, was not only retained, but further enhanced as the core idea of any proposal. Hence the main living areas focus internally to the central courtyard with extended views to the west. The courtyard provides a private and quiet external space, and an abundance of natural light. The upper level, rectangular and container like in form, sits lightly and cantilevers over the east wing. This second level houses the master suite, its elevated position providing immediate views over the tranquil internal courtyard below whilst also affording a spectacular city outlook. Oversized, steel perforated louvers run horizontally across the entire length of the upper level and are effective in inviting air movement and providing both glimpsed and wider views. The interior design has been sensitively restrained and economical in expression requiring few objects to compete with the play of natural light, shadow, and view to landscape.