Builder: Steele Associates ConstructionArchitect: Bureau SRH
This building breaks all the rules, and does so beautifully. The off-form concrete swimming pool projects towards the street, it’s glass bottom casting dappled blue light over the entry path. This steeply
sloping site had limited access on a busy blind corner, blocked by a massive fig tree while neighbouring structures bearing upon the land added a further challenge. Structural elements are exposed and detailed intricately to create a robust, yet elegant aesthetic. Form-ply over exposed joists, face block-work, honed concrete cantilevered kitchen bench and chalkboard joinery in the kitchen and dining room are juxtaposed by the warm glow of gold-leaf fronted cupboard doors running the length of the rear wall. The Shimmering House prototypes the most details, took the most risks and produced the most striking result of all the projects we’ve built over the years.