Optical illusions go hand-in-hand with architecture, but this tiny cube structure by Matt Thitchener Architect truly hovers over the landscape — with some help from embedded supports. Cantilevered on a hill, the North Avoca Studio is completely powered by the large array of solar panels on its roof.

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Located just southeast of New South Wales, North Avoca is an idyllic coastal neighborhood. Architect Matt Thitchener designed the 645-square-foot cube to be both an office and entertainment space for a family who primarily works from home. The studio is merely steps away from the family’s main residence.

Black cube home on stilts

stilts embedded into the landscape

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The structural design of the studio was primarily influenced by the challenging landscape. Very steep terrain as well as limited building space required the team to embed 20-foot pillars into the bedrock to create a cantilevered design. Also due to the complexity of the location, building materials for the project had to be craned in piece by piece.

interior view of a living space

a nighttime view through an open patio

The result, however, is a gorgeous multi-use space that looks out over the Pacific Ocean. Clad in dark corrugated Spandek panels, the exterior is modern and sleek. The otherwise monolithic structure is only interrupted by an entire glazed wall that provides the interior with natural light and breathtaking ocean views. The studio’s roof is covered in solar panels, which provide 100 percent of its energy. It’s also equipped with a rain harvesting system that is used to irrigate the garden planted under the structure.

a long table and seating area in the background

interior view looking out over the ocean

The interior of the home counts on an open floor plan to provide ultimate flexibility for different uses. The design is contemporary and airy, also providing an appropriate feel for any occasion. The space can be used as a work studio during the day, but can be easily be converted into an entertainment area for friends and family at night.

+ Matt Thitchener Architect

Via Apartment Therapy

Photography by Matt Thitchener Architect and Keith McInnes Photography

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