Embracing the magical beauty of Byron Bay, this is Coopers Shoot Residence, a creation of intelligence and sustainability.
Perched high up on a hill in Byron Bay’s Coopers Shoot, the heroic structure mirrors the shape of California’s Getty Museum, as envisioned by local architect Sam Zahar.
The four-bedroom estate sprawls across 2,024sqm of grassy hillside. The home’s design – broken down in terms of volume and structure – integrates into the landscape, broken up by grey granite and Japanese-style timber.
Operating off the grid, 130 square metres of rooftop gardens create an effective insulation system, and provide a second layer of greenery to rest the eyes on. Strong geometric shapes combine to form beautiful, intricate patterns: an engaging contrast to the soft, rolling landscape.
The front entry is set into the wall, a testament to architect Sam Zahar’s love of starts.
“What I tried to create is that hole, I call it the black hole, so it’s recessed in, gives you protection from the weather and signifies entries,” he explains. “I love entries, I like to make them clear and visible.”
Greeting you on the other side are glorious views, no matter where you are, with gardens and paddocks blurring into the sharp crescent of the ocean.
“I tried to make the ground level a public space,” Sam says. “It’s where your daily living is.”
Soaring high into a gallery-like space – another nod to the Getty Museum – the void attracts a lot of light and air. It drenches the open plan living and dining in sunlight, bouncing off the adjoining luxe kitchen, and mingling with sun kissed terraces.
Drawing attention over to the pool are horizontal beams emanating a mesmerising calm. The heated swimming pool is set into gardens of its own, with additional lawn space down a short set of steps. It’s serviced by one of many airy terraces, and easily accessible from the lounge and dining rooms by floor to ceiling glass sliding doors.
Upstairs, each bedroom enjoys its own views of the landscape, but the best view is reserved for the master suite. A stunning glass-covered feature wall bounces back the sunshine, filling the room with light, and even the en suite has a view! But this master bedroom contains something a little out of the ordinary – access to a private rooftop garden.
“This is called the star deck,” Sam explains. “There are some incredible stars here, so it’s perfect to have a glass of wine here and gaze at night.”
The residence’s many gardens were a key feature of the design, with a variety of native plants and mature trees, and even a tranquil water lily and fish pond.
Completing the picture, a beautiful charred timber greenhouse – currently used to propagate tulips – would be the joy of any gardener. Light streams in between the dark timber slats, creating a tranquil atmosphere.
Like a piece of much-loved jewellery, Coopers Shoot Residence shines with soul. It is much more than just a reflection of the owner’s vision, it’s a testament to a love of architecture and devotion to the land on which it sits.
122 Coopers Shoot Road, Coopers Shoot, NSW 2479