A temporary scaffold tower helped pinpoint exactly where the best views could be enjoyed from this elevated sloping block in Sorrento. The exercise proved to be invaluable as it confirmed it made more sense to work with views from the front, looking down the street to the ocean, rather than trying to create an outlook from the high point at the back of the block. The result is a stunning contemporary two-storey home that has been shaped to fit the contours of the land, harness the views, create a north-facing backyard sanctuary for year-round enjoyment and deliver well-zoned accommodation for a family of five.
The kitchen and main living area are on the upper level, running straight out to the magnificent resort-style alfresco and ‘bridge’ linking the house to the pool deck. At street level are the garage and a spacious guest suite. The double-height void in the entry hallway emphasises the volume found throughout the home, while a glass-sided wine cellar is a showpiece at the top of the stairs.
A perfect illustration of how custom design can turn a challenging site into a modern masterpiece, the home is also a perfect example of building for coastal conditions. The series of slim blades incorporated into the front elevation are a timber-look composite material that will stand up to the weathering and the salty sea air. The appearance of a flat roof combines with strong straight lines to give this contemporary home design bold street appeal.