The original house of one level was small and sat high above the road accessible only by a steep and winding staircase that launched from besides a single garage – upon which a Coral Tree had comfortably taken root. The challenge of the brief was to design a secure and accessible contemporary two-level house within the height restrictions, title deed and budget limits.
The roof of the house came off and the old floor layout was altered to make a two-bedroom flat that could be autonomous of the upper level. This meant the new vertical access needed to pass by this level without disturbing it. The trick was to add a small hydraulic lift which provided that secure and discreet access to both levels. The lift had to rise up in front of the house in steel and glass to maintain the incredible sea views and to blend with the front façade. The two levels are connected internally via a central stair which can be sectioned off – options for both family and/or dual stacked living.