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The brief was to design two luxury dwellings located on a quiet residential edge of Sydney harbour. The project is composed of two multi storey townhouses arranged as interlocked volumes. The middle level, containing formal entries, secondary bedrooms and garages, is wrapped in an operable timber skin providing privacy and an interplay of light and shadow. The upper and lower levels of the building contain living areas and master bedrooms within a strong Miesian box of glass and steel. Complete with cruciform columns these living spaces hang in the canopy of the Eucalypt trees of the adjoining bush land and cantilever out into the harbour. The interlocking L forms lend each dwelling 30 meters of harbour frontage and a feeling of expanse. Externally the building is divided into two discreet elements though the introduction of the timber veil. This cedar box is conceived of tectonically as a solid form with the entries carved from the whole to reveal a bleeding copper lining. This box discreetly camouflages the vehicular garages ensuring that the entry to the luxury dwellings is spared of this utilitarian element. Operable sections of the screen open up to provide uninterrupted views of the harbour, revealing the activity of the building whilst providing shading and visual privacy. The palette of materials chosen is simple and natural. They compliment the surrounding bush landscape and will patina with age to reveal a weathered and beautiful skin. Internally the apartments are designed around open living spaces with kitchens and utilities conceived of as discrete elements within the space. This project nestles into the canopy of the bush land, providing a beautiful backdrop to the ever changing landscape of the adjoining eucalypt bush.