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24 Vision Magazine Project architect Tony Vella spoke with Peter Hyatt of Vision about his client’s switch from rustic cabin to sleek villa and glassy pavilion. 25 Right Duality of purpose. “Window bays double as cool places to hang-out,” Tony Vella What qualities best define your design? The project reveals itself quite slowly. On approach it probably appears quite guarded and austere but beyond that it opens itself to the setting. While that’s probably expected, it does introduce a whole new layer that continues to surprise most first time visitors. In design terms it has an honesty of design and construction. And it sits there comfortably. It isn’t intended to be outlandish, or scream out for attention. IN DESIGN TERMS IT HAS AN HONESTY OF DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION. AND IT SITS THERE COMFORTABLY. IT ISN’T INTENDED TO BE OUTLANDISH, OR SCREAM OUT FOR ATTENTION. Tony Vella, Project Architect It really maintains that lineage reminiscent of mid-century modern. Palm Springs for instance. That’s an interesting observation because not long after our initial briefing the clients visited Mies’ Farnsworth House and they returned with a huge change of heart about the type of house they wanted. The large site you have to work with introduces opportunity but it also begs the question: Where do you start and, just as importantly, where do you stop? I think you’re right. There is a danger of overdoing it. It’s very easy to become lost when there are seemingly no real limits. Site selection wasn’t so difficult. The glass pavilion sits on a ridge which runs roughly east west along the site, the curved bedroom wings and the straight, bigger wing heading for the front dam follow the natural site contours. The forecourt was already there topographically and the entry of the front plateau really set parameters. Guiding Light