Daniele says the design brief was to capture those endless ocean views, as much sun as possible in the colder months and cooler breezes in the summer. An exoskeleton of balconies and terraces frames the front of the building to provide a recess from the elements, while the rear is windowless and presents a solid face to deter cold winter winds and maintain privacy from the street.
‘Every room has a great view and a good amount of sun coming in to warm the room, especially in winter. And every room has vertical drop-down shutters that act as louvres to control the sun during the summer,’ Daniele says.
Double insulation in the ceilings and walls ensures comfort levels are maintained.
Another clever design function developed by the architects and building team allows Deepwater and its 1000 square metres of floor space to be divided into two distinct residences if need be, fulfilling the Darlings’ wish to share their home with family and friends.
As such there are two sets of kitchens and bathrooms, with the top three-level, two-bedroom apartment having its main entry on the northern side, and the lower two-level, three-bedroom apartment’s access on the southern side of the allotment.
An operable dividing wall on the second level slides out of a nearby cupboard and across the room until it hits the edge of the staircase wall, locking onto the floor. The only thing to share is the garage.
The result delighted the Darlings, who have been more than happy to have Bellevarde show Deepwater to prospective clients.
‘It’s always a good sign when clients allow you to do this,’ Daniele says. ‘That display of confidence from one client to another is gold, really.’