To realise the exceptional brief, he didn’t look far; he was keen to engage the same design and construction team as before.
‘He wanted to get the band back again,’ Joe says, laughing, ‘then have us all come together singing off the same sheet of music.’
The build is over two storeys, with five bedrooms and four bathrooms featuring two pavilions connected by a large, raked atrium soaring to six metres. To capture the indoor/outdoor lifestyle, an outdoor kitchen joins an award-winning, resort-style swimming pool, with an effortless sequence of breezeways, outdoor rooms and decks, plus a generous first floor with four bedrooms.
To further enrich the house’s indoor/outdoor area, Joe and the team in collaboration with local architect firm, Counterpoint Architecture, used clever touches, such as custom fabricated aluminium screens. Flooding and filtering light and air throughout, the screens also act as doors to the pool on gas struts, which can be lifted easily allowing outdoor access, or lowered and locked to secure the building. At a finer level, there is custom cabinetry throughout, along with a wish from the owners to see imperfect perfection, such as exposed nail holes and continuous pieces of wood.
As the project began, there was no escaping the obvious – how to build a big house on a remote island. Quite quickly, the team established that steel would work best, using a prefabrication methodology. The building could be structured out of a steel portal frame, pre-made and then taken to the site for assembly.
‘Basically, they bolt the whole thing together. They bolt on over the footings that we’ve provided for them, and we just went in and filled in all the steel structures,’ Joe says.