Bilinga cylinder house design is beyond the curve

171 Golden Four Dr, Tugun
An avant-garde home resembling a series of sculptural cylinders rising by the sands along one of the southern Gold Coast’s most coveted beachside strips has been listed.
The Bilinga property, named Cypress for its external Australian pine, is the culmination of an exciting sub-division by local owner-builders, Andrew and Jasmine Smith, of Merico Constructions.
The five-bedroom, three-bathroom home positioned 150m from the beachfront at 171 Golden Four Dr is marketed by Ed Cherry, of Harcourts Coastal, and goes under the hammer on July 23.
Rising four levels, the home’s statement timber screening anchors its sense of place while lending a diaphanous quality.
It’s design is a considered response to the coastal environment
Natural light fills every space, daily life is set to the evolving oceanscape, and the gentle rhythm of rolling waves is always present.
Conceived with Shane Denman Architects, the project’s incredible attention to detail and quality finishes reflect the couple’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of design while adapting to a changing coastal environment.
“We want our home to stand out in every element, not just one,” Andrew says.
“When I build for clients, I’m building their dream, not ours.
“I don’t want to sell a home, I want to sell an art piece, or the essence of a vision with symmetric flow and an unmatched sense of elegance,” the 34-year-old says.
Timber cabinetry, marble benchtops and burnished concrete floors in the kitchen
The kitchen opens onto a family lounge and al fresco deck
Bespoke American Oak joinery featured throughout the interior lends warmth and textural contrast to dramatic concrete curves and burnished floors, while commercial fit floor-to-ceiling glazing maximises airflow.
“We’ve designed the entire building with our architect to have maximum space of openness but also having practicality in regards to the neighbouring allotments,” Andrew says.
“We wanted to design a concept that will allow as much light in as possible without that visual presentation to the outside, so throughout the property there’s architectural hoodings and screening put in place so that we are able to see out without people seeing in.”
Timber was sourced from a single, 100-year-old tree, with cabinetry on each level variously concealing electronics, kitchen appliances, a dry bar off the kitchen, and a wet bar serving the rooftop.
The full-length glass lift provides a further functional focal point through the centre of the home.
From the entrance foyer, the heated plunge pool is accessed via a media lounge that opens onto a light-filled courtyard surrounded by greenery.
The ground floor plunge pool
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This zone serves as a fifth bedroom, but has a zen to it as a space for quiet reflection. Artwork here and in an upstairs living space was commissioned from emerging Yugambeh artist, Adam Leng, and represents past, present and future.
The second-floor kitchen features a freeform marble island bench, butler’s pantry and integrated appliances. It flows to a family lounge and alfresco terrace, while on the other side there’s a dining area, dry bar and powder room.
Greenery surrounds this level also, via elevated irrigated garden beds.
Three bedrooms and an office are on the third level, including the master retreat where sublime curves allow wide views of the sunrise over the ocean to take centre stage each morning.
Open flow between designer ensuite and the master bedroom
Rooftop entertaining or self-contained guest quarters, with lift access from the ground floor
While ocean views from the top floor stretch from Stradbroke Island to Snapper Rocks on a clear day, we are amply compensated for today’s cloudy conditions by the first whale sighting of the season.
This rooftop level offers self-contained guest quarters or an entertaining lounge with bathroom and kitchenette.
The Smiths and their two children, Dekota, 10, and Harlow, 8, have moved between projects on the Gold Coast over the last ten years, never staying for longer than a year in one home.
They lived in the New York loft-style property built on the rear of the 506sq m block while Cypress was in progress.
Jasmine, 33, has a design background and works closely with the architectural team, selecting finishes and sourcing materials.
“It’s more of an artform for us. It’s not like we’ve just built it to flip it. As a young family working on this, we’ve literally poured our hearts into creating this build,” she says.
“I get excited when people can see and appreciate the intricate detail that is well and truly above and beyond any other usual build.”
Views stretch from Stradbroke Island to Rainbow Bay
While Jasmine says she’d be happy to stay, it’s clear Andrew’s passion lies in the process.
“I don’t want to follow, I want to set a trend and build something with an entirely different concept so that when someone walks in they just go, ‘wow’,” he says.
“Open-plan living has obviously always been a thing, but not to a point where it’s been exceptionally done to be able to open up your entire dwelling and feel more part of your environment.”
Cypress will be sold fully furnished with high-end pieces from Kira and Kira Design Studio, worth a total value of more than $100,000.
Free-standing houses in Bilinga rarely become available, with the local market dominated by apartment developments.

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