The concept of this project is inspired by the phenomenological works of the American artist James Turrell. The villa is designed around a central courtyard with a pointed-edge flat roof projection, which framed views of the deep blue sky that is prevalent in Australia. The villa is situated on a beachfront property in Ocean Shores, NSW (AUS), with an unobstructed view of the southern Pacific Ocean. It is sited on a gently-sloped sandy berm, which provides an elevated view of the beach and the ocean beyond.
In section, the berm allows for an ideal entry sequence to approach the main level of the villa via a series of steps from the lower level. An approach towards the entrance of the villa from the lower driveway level reveals a sharp, framed opening of the sky in the central courtyard. Despite its proximity to the beachfront, the villa’s natural setting is not apparent to the visitor until one ascends up the series of steps towards the entrance to the house. It is only at the elevated main level of the villa that the panoramic expanse of the ocean and the horizon is finally revealed to the visitor. The steps and a cantilevered observation deck both provide a setting for observing the sky and the transformational qualities of natural light over time, at different times of the day and year.