Inclined to Relax

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April 28, 2009

Hidden on a hill overlooking Australia’s Pittwater Bay, Rob Brown’s design for the James-Robertson house happily opens itself (and its occupants) to all that Mother Nature can dish out.

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  The three structures that make up the James-Robertson residence are framed in black-coated aluminum and steel.  Photo by: Richard Powers
    The three structures that make up the James-Robertson residence are framed in black-coated aluminum and steel.

    Photo by: Richard Powers

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  The living room structure soars to two stories, with banks of glass louvers at the upper level providing cross ventilation.  Photo by: Richard Powers
    The living room structure soars to two stories, with banks of glass louvers at the upper level providing cross ventilation.

    Photo by: Richard Powers

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  Dougal James-Robertson explains that with all the glass doors open, the couple is “fully in touch with whatever’s happening naturally.” Contrary to what the image here portrays, this is not always a good thing, as the weather can pack a wallop with intense rain and wind.  Photo by: Richard Powers
    Dougal James-Robertson explains that with all the glass doors open, the couple is “fully in touch with whatever’s happening naturally.” Contrary to what the image here portrays, this is not always a good thing, as the weather can pack a wallop with intense rain and wind.

    Photo by: Richard Powers

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  Set high on a cliff along the south end of the beach, this residence of three glass-and-copper pavilions offers a mighty reward for conquering the steep ascent.  Photo by: Richard Powers
    Set high on a cliff along the south end of the beach, this residence of three glass-and-copper pavilions offers a mighty reward for conquering the steep ascent.

    Photo by: Richard Powers

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  Caroline Casey designed the curving dining table, which is surrounded by Hans Wegner's Wishbone chairs. Suspended over the table is an old Aboriginal fishing trap.  Photo by: Richard Powers
    Caroline Casey designed the curving dining table, which is surrounded by Hans Wegner's Wishbone chairs. Suspended over the table is an old Aboriginal fishing trap.

    Photo by: Richard Powers

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  Dougal James-Robertson studies the expansive views that extend all the way to the Barrenjoey headland many miles away with the use of a handy telescope. The sliding glass wall makes the kitchen feel like an outdoor room.  Photo by: Richard Powers
    Dougal James-Robertson studies the expansive views that extend all the way to the Barrenjoey headland many miles away with the use of a handy telescope. The sliding glass wall makes the kitchen feel like an outdoor room.

    Photo by: Richard Powers

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  The family dog enjoys the shade provided by the corrugated-copper roof overhangs.  Photo by: Richard Powers
    The family dog enjoys the shade provided by the corrugated-copper roof overhangs.

    Photo by: Richard Powers

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  Caroline Casey designed the bed and built-ins in the master bedroom.  Photo by: Richard Powers
    Caroline Casey designed the bed and built-ins in the master bedroom.

    Photo by: Richard Powers

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  Marcia takes in the view.  Photo by: Richard Powers
    Marcia takes in the view.

    Photo by: Richard Powers

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  Even the master bath is open to the surrounding water.  Photo by: Richard Powers
    Even the master bath is open to the surrounding water.

    Photo by: Richard Powers

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