Montrose sits on the city's highest peak, so Darren took advantage of the property's natural elevation and chose a distinctive butterfly shaped roof to project the main living area upward and outward toward the 270 degree views.
Overall, the house was conceived as a lighthouse on a hill with the main living space forming a double volume glass prism revealing magnificent uninhibited views of the city lights and the bay beyond.
The house works on a number of levels. The living, family and formal areas are interconnected, with sliding doors to the deck and lap pool. Deliberate repetition of some aspects creates a visual fluidity between these spaces.
To add ambience to the clean, monochromatic and minimalist spaces, strong blocks of predominantly red and chocolate colour are emphasised with atmospheric lighting, some of which also features red colouring.
Darren worked closely with his brother Scott, a joiner and master builder, to create many of the pieces of furniture, sculptures and artwork used throughout the home.
The lighting design dramatises the repeating geometric shapes within the house with the use of recessed downlighting and mirror-gloss panels.
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