Everything is hidden from view in this villa that was gutted and completely redesigned, in which what you do not see is what you get. The immense glass sliding doors have no detectable frames, rendering them virtually invisible. They disappear almost entirely into the walls, as do the blinds. As the interior and exterior floors are exactly the same, the join is virtually seamless.

The control of all the equipment within the house, including such elaborate details as the height of th flames in the gas fires and the descent of the six metre-wide cinematic screen-cum-blackout screen, was executed by iPhone. Ten kilometers of cable required were concealed behind walls, panels and ceilings, as was the wiring. And yet the warm atmosphere in the house proves that hi-tech not need to be austere at all.