At the entrance – a large 3.2-metre-high glazed door, set between dark cedar and a towering expanse of white brick. A long passageway stretches ahead of you, then disappears left.
From here, the house unfolds in a series of ‘reveals’, none more thrilling than the living and dining area, dominated by a dramatic 13-metre-long, five-metre-high facade of glass. This is framed by a two-storey bookcase and a floating bridge that leads to an upstairs bedroom.
How do you create such generous spaces? For the five-metre high facade, Noel Jessop Architecture used APL Architectural Series, favoured by designers who want to achieve sizes and formats that are beyond mainstream residential joinery (the square-profiled aesthetic is also nicely suited to his clean-lined modernist style). A four-track, 2.8-metre-high sliding door opens to the deck, with a mix of fixed windows and opening windows above, the latter operated electronically.
As for that outsized front door, here Jessop used a high-performing product from the Magnum range, which pivots on a concealed door closer within a First shopfront frame. When you add in the overlight, the entrance spans 3.8 metres from floor to ceiling – truly, architecture on a grand scale.