Ocean Home

Oct/Nov 2015

Ocean Home magazine is for people who love the luxury oceanfront lifestyle, from home design and decor to world-class beach resorts, villas, hotels, and destinations.

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48 O C E A N H O M E M A G . C O M | O c t o b e r + N ov e m b e r 2 0 1 5 THE EDGE OF GLORY words by Lucy Clark AUSTRALIAN ARCHITECT CHARLES WRIGHT USES CONCRETE TO CREATE A STRIKING OCEAN HOME PHOTOGRAPHS BY PATRICK BINGHAM HALL T he view is so dramatic and panoramic it's hard to know where to look first – a turquoise sea to the east, a swathe of tropical rainforest to the west and a near-perfect crescent of beach to the south. Here on the far northeast coast of Australia, the Coral Sea laps gently onto the palm-fringed arc of Port Douglas's Four Mile Beach, a glorious vision of coastal scenery at its very best. is is where the ancient Daintree Rainforest meets the waters of the iconic Great Barrier Reef, two unique World Heritage areas converging in one magnificent marriage of land and sea. And this is where Claire Graham resides in her striking hillside home, a futuristic vision in concrete and a sleek counterpoint to the Bali Hai thatched roofs, wooden gables and shady verandas that surround it. Designed by local architect Charles Wright for Graham and her late industrialist husband Peter, e Edge is a singular and arresting 21st-century addition to the Port Douglas landscape. e words "tropical ocean home" may conjure up many visions, but generally not of an aluminium-clad concrete bunker with industrial-grade concrete interiors. It's more Dr. No than South Pacific. In part, Wright has established his award-winning reputation on his use of concrete in the tropics. His best- known work is the acclaimed Stamp House, a carbon neutral and self-sufficient residence built on wetlands in the Daintree Rainforest and invariably described as an "alien mothership" or a "fortress floating on water." Stamp House is an extraordinary feat of modern engineering – in perfect unison with its sublime natural surroundings – that also welcomes in the outdoors and all its beauty. So too is e Edge, which from the golden sands of Four Mile Beach looks like it has been plugged into an electrical socket on the side of Flagstaff Hill. Wizard of Oz A unique coastal home in Australia boasts panoramic views of the Coral Sea and Daintree Rainforest from its hillside perch. Coasting C H A R L E S W R I G H T

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