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Amileka is set on 25 elevated, yet relatively flat acres 2 kms from the village of Federal, 20 mins from the international destination of Byron Bay, 10 minutes from Bangalow, 1 hour from Gold Coast, 35 mins from Ballina.
The house has been designed to balance northern aspect with the sweeping western valley views. Sunsets are spectacular, but this house gets sun and light throughout the entire day.
Awarded 2008 architecture award for 'New House' by Institute of Architects NSW Country Division.
Awarded 2009 Best House Australia by the CNBC International Asia Pacific Property Awards.
Awarded 2009 Master Builders Association Regional Award for New House
Featured in Sydney Morning Herald Essential Lift Out Thursday 4th September 2008.
Featured in InsideOut magazine March / April 2009 issue.
Featured in Houses magazine issue 67 (April 2009).
Featured in “100 Country Houses” Images Publishing. Published August 2009.
Amileka was designed to maximise energy efficiency without compromising its high degree of luxury using:
passive solar design; solar heated hydronic underfloor heating; solar heated hot water; photovoltaic cells; unlimited cross ventilation; ceiling fans throughout; on-site waste management; extensive water collection; extensive insulation including a fully insulated concrete floor slab and unique operable and adjustable systems throughout such as retractable electronic shade screens to the west facade and operable electronic pergola blades that adjust to gain sun in winter and exclude it in summer.
Industrial / commercial scale custom made sliding doors and pivot doors that achieve 100% ventilation openings have been used in place of more conventional sliding doors that only achieve 50% ventilation when open.
Amileka's highly detailed features can be operated, adjusted and manipulated in varying conditions, seasons and times of day to achieve maximum comfort and control.
Robust architectural detailing on an industrial scale include extreme opening spans allowing for glazed walls to open right back so that truly seamless indoor outdoor spaces are a reality, not just an idea.
The kitchen (that cleverly conceals a butler's pantry) extends outside to the west entertaining terrace in the form of a built-in commercial tepinyaki plate, sink, integrated self-draining party ice bin and built in wrap around bench seats.
The living area enjoys the spectacular western view (sunsets have to be seen to be believed), the north lawn and fire pit, and a strong visual connection with the swimming pool.
At night, only the glow of the pool can compete with the glow of the wood burning fireplace. The television is concealed behind a slide up painting panel.
The central eastern courtyard (yet another alternative outdoor space), provides separation between living and sleeping areas; morning sun to kitchen and dining; north aspect to the bedrooms on the southern wing; separation between office and 'home'; and a buffer between driveway and house.
The eastern courtyard is bound on its 4th side by a kinetic sculptural "stick" screen that ripples like a man-made version of grass, gently chiming in the breeze.
Amileka combines indoor and outdoor on a grand scale, with equal generosity, resulting in large open and flexible spaces.
Adjustable pergola roof panels allow for maximum flexibility and prevent adjacent interior spaces from being overshadowed when the blades are closed. The integral rain sensor shuts the blades automatically. The blades can be angled to be open, yet block the sun in summer. In winter the blades can be angled to receive sun.
The western terrace connects directly to the pool area. The pool is invisibly yet fully fenced to pool codes and Australian Standards by structural frameless glass panels. The built in benches are fitted with custom made cushions covered with high quality "Sunbrella" outdoor fabric.
Adjustable pergola blades allow for northern sun in to the open plan ensuite. The ensuite is fitted out with a luxurious 1.8 x 1.8m Italian white square bath, and a 2.1m x 2.1m shower with double shower heads; in keeping with the grand scale of the house. The toilet and bidet are concealed from the open plan by translucent glazed screens.
The north lawn fire pit offers a total under sky outdoor experience.
The different wings and their functions are expressed in the different use of material and colour.
Photographs by Richard Powers Photographer and Sharon Fraser Architect
Amileka is unsurpassed as a modern design achievement in a highly sought after area. Luxury and comfort combine with simplicity and clean lines to create a truly unique property.