Blending the seemingly opposed paradigms of close connection to nature with a suburban location, the Apex residence is a place of retreat for a young working couple. The three bedroom house sits discreetly within the protective contours of a north facing slope. Surrounded by dense native landscape, the house is concealed from the streets below, yet captures vistas of the distant sea and adjacent mountains from throughout the house.
It is not a large house and was delivered within a modest construction budget, yet the simple, outwardly-focused design feels light, airy and spacious. It is a pure and effective study in passive design applied precisely to suit its location; the house has minimal impact on the site, is energy and water efficient and incorporates recycled materials. It was awarded the inaugural HIA energy efficient design award for the Cairns region in 2001.