Neil is the Founding Director of Design and Construct company Futureflip, and his affinity with concrete stretches back to his days as an apprentice carpenter working on luxury waterfront homes in Sydney.
Over the course of his subsequent career, Neil's established a reputation for exploring concrete's endless possibilities. And given that the client on this occasion is himself and his wife Krystal, it's understandable that's he's pushed the boundaries yet again.
Concrete provides both the structure and finish to the Bunker house. It's used for slabs and ceilings, off-form walls, benchtops, bathroom detailing, floating slab stairs - even a bench seat in the backyard.
Built on a sloping site, the home is substantial - seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms and a pool, spread over three levels. However, the judicious use of sympathetic materials and natural finishes in tandem with concrete ensures it sit comfortably within its immediate environment.
In fact, the use of limestone cladding juxtaposed with sections of cedar classing on the north-facing ground level creates the impression that the building is rising, almost organically, from the earth. (The timber cladding is a nod to the cedar forests that once covered this part of the coast.)