Better Homes & Gardens

Nautilus Vibes

This home is a masterclass in how you, too, can create a multi-level home for resort-style living

After seeing this home, you will also want to have a multi-level abode

above the banks of Burraneer Bay, just south of Sydney, sits a modernist mega mansion. Called Nautilus, the home nestles respectfully amongst its neighbours. It was named for the nautilus shell, which also inspired the sensual curves of the main entrance stairs. Take a look and find ideas to inspire you!

Check out the balance between architecture on a grand scale and gardens that would do Babylon proud PETER COLQUHOUN


Mid-century modernism is the prevailing architectural style of this home with its open plan, deep eaves and emphasis on the horizontal. The materials used range from natural sandstone, recycled brick, zinc and concrete to an American oak floor.

Built over six levels, the home terraces its way down a steep west-facing site linked by three internal lifts. Other eye-watering statistics include an underground 20-car garage entered via a tunnel, eight living areas serving seven bedrooms, and two separate guest pavilions. Amazing!

The original brief called for a home to ‘make you feel as though you would never need to go on holidays again’ – a nice idea for you to borrow! In reply, the architect and interior design team included a day spa, gym and cinema, as well as a 2000-bottle cellar and tasting room.

The success of this design relied on extensive excavation, which allowed the home to nestle below the natural ridge line, allowing a series of pavilions to then terrace down the site, each facing the view.

Although the home is layered in state-of-the-art gadgetry, it is also steeped in history. On the water a 1930s boathouse has been exquisitely restored, behind which a tunnel has been carved from the natural stone leading to a bronze statue of the owner’s great grandfather, a veteran of Fromelles in World War I.