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Take your lead from these Australian architects to give your
home that certain something special. Wo r d s Gabrielle Scott
ROCK AND ROLLING
MPR Design Group, understanding that our homes are our castles, approached this home on Sydney’s
eastern beaches armed with the notion of ‘prospect and refuge’. This thoughtful design intent
acknowledged the striking coastline beyond as the ‘prospect’ – something to be harnessed and
celebrated – and the enclosure and comfort of the family spaces within as ‘refuge’. This dichotomy is
represented through the division of space – the upper floor making uses of views, the middle floor more
enclosed and private, and the lower floors housing an indulgent rumpus area formed by a cut bedrock
wall enclosed in glass. This feature lends a cave-like atmosphere, while the roll of the light-filled stairwell
reminds tenants of the prospective beauty beyond the walls.
This home was in the running for a 2013 Australian Institute of Architects Award.
MPR Design Group (02) 8284 5777, www.mprdg.com; www.architecture.com .au.
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