Hidden in an affluent coastal suburb is Vodka Palace, a luxurious concrete cave tempered with natural timber finishes and primed for premium culinary, audio and visual pleasure. It is the result of a very strong collaborative process between client, architect and builder.
A close friend and unique paradoxical individual, the client is one part reclusive and one part party queen. She desired the seclusion and ethereal quality of a cave to escape into, yet at the same time the ability to invite the world in and entertain guests, friends and family in style at a moments notice.
"My home feels like a warm secure embrace from a strong confident man."
The choice of off form concrete resonates with its coastal location by reflecting the strong brutalist forms of kiosks and amenities typical to many local beaches.
The grounding coolness of concrete warmed by timber finishes, a neutral colour palette and a considered play of light create a moody mix that evokes a serene, Zen experience. Augmenting this is the use of the ancient Japanese technique of charring timber known as ‘Shou Sugi Ban’ on the timber clad columns and timber privacy screens, as well as a Teppenyaki Bar on the rear entertainment deck nestled in a native bush setting.
Photos - Dion Robeson
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