Often it is the landscape that shapes the contours of the house and gives it a unique appeal by forcing it to adapt to both the local weather and the special spatial requirements. The Escarpment House designed by Takt Studio in Thirroul, Australia is another of these brilliant houses that overlooks a lovely stretch of coastal landscape even as its custom design takes inspiration from the many geological layers all around it. The house sits on a black concrete slab that forms the stable base even as wood, concrete and metal shape it both on the inside and outside. Australian Red Cedar and locally sourced stone along with natural timbers create a texturally diverse home where every turn offers something different.

Street facade of modern and inventive Escarpment House in Australia overlooking beautiful coastal landscape

The homeowner wanted a residence where he could work from home while ensuring that it did not get in the way of daily family life. Both these elements are intertwined beautifully with the bedrooms, home office and library located on the upper level while the lower level contains the living area, kitchen and dining space along with other utility areas. Wooden cladding around the house ensures that those inside have ample privacy even as the light outside is filtered carefully into the living area and the kitchen. Connected with the landscape through its rear façade, this Aussie home is anything but mundane. [Photography: Shantanu Starick]

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Double-height dining area of the house with smart lighting and woodsy dining table
Elevated platform the house sits on ensures that the base remains stable in the coastal landscape
Open floor plan of the house with sliding glass doors and comfy couch
Polished finishes inside the bathroom with smart lighting
Rear facade of the Escarpment House with connectivity to the backyard
Timber and metal corridor inside the house offers ample privacy

Intensely customized, it features purpose built timber door furniture, handmade steel lights, steel door jambs against the concrete columns, and a FC clad bathroom as a counterpoint to the recent land release developments of limited variability in the area. As such its creation relied upon the skills of local craftsmen – flaming and quenching the raw steel tube lights in hot oil to protect them from the elements and crafted timber details seen throughout the house such as the light brackets…

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Concrete slabs, wood and polished interior shape the house with sweeping public areas
Concrete, metal and glass combine to create custom Aussie home that feels stylish
Floor plan of the Escarpment House in Australia

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