This house is located in Townsville on the side of Castle Hill. The piece of land is located within a new subdivision and is dominated by a 25m high rock cliff face. A relatively flat building platform exists at the top of the rock cliff. The rock cliff edge runs perfectly from east to west. The view orientation is panoramic and unimpeded. The principal outlook is exactly true north but extends East to Cape Cleveland and West to the airport.
The house has been structured around the full utilisation of the outlook. An entrance sequence has been established to take people from the street, through the front door and the main body of the house, then directly out to a “crow’s nest” that provides maximum exposure to the view and an opportunity to view back to the house. Movement within the house is generally in an east west direction, or along the view.
The house has a thickness of one room throughout. This allows best control over light and natural ventilation. The northern façade is generally glazed, whilst the southern wall is mostly solid, thereby creating privacy from the street. The lower level is generally below street level and opens onto a private rear courtyard. This courtyard is an oasis of yard that provides relief from the expansive views.