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Directly opposite a popular beach, this house is a landmark in the area. Designed by architect Con Bastiras, this large home (approximately 500 square metres), made of glass, steel and masonry, enjoys 180-degree views. To create privacy, Bastiras designed a 1.8-metre-high sandstone fence. Passers-by need to strain their necks to look into the front yard. 7he stone acts as a plinth for the house. We used the same stone that was used to protect the beachfront," says Bastiras. While there is a view towards. the beach onto the lap pool on the site. The L-shaped house (to accommodate the pool) maximises its street frontage. " Every room has a view of the beach." The view was an important component of the brief." Another feature is a prominent fireplace, which temporarily distracts the owners during the colder months of the year. Set in soaring glass windows (many of which double in height), the fireplace is clearly expressed in the home's exterior. "It's a modernist symbolic form," says Bastiras. To control the light and heat entering the house, the architect manipulated the amount of glass used. To create protection from the harsher sunlight, one upper-level wall is entirely finished with masonry. The main kitchen and living areas open directly onto the lap pool. Voids allow both the light and views to enter the home from numerous angles. "I wanted to create a sculptural form with this house. It's more like an object in space," says Bastiras, who was keen to play with volume. The kitchen, for example, was deliberately pared back so that the surrounds could be fully appreciated. And rather than focusing on materials, Bastiras emphasised the structural forms with the house. The main staircase, for example, was designed to express the underside rather than the balustrades. "The underlying form creates intriguing shadows on the wall. It's quite sculptural," he says.