Off-form construction meant that apart from the application of a sealer, the raw concrete finish of the internal walls and ground floor ceiling could be showcased and celebrated 'as is' - right down to the formwork lines and exposed bolt holes.
To temper the coolness of the material, Brown has judiciously integrated other finishes and materials, both internally and externally. The north and south elevations, for example, are predominantly glass, with a privacy screen of charcoal-coloured vertical timber slats wrapping around the south-east corner of the first-floor balcony.
The front and rear glass facades encourage the ingress of natural light, complemented by light wells over the ensuite and stairwell that effectively siphon daylight into the middle interiors.
Internally, the concrete surfaces are balanced by timber flooring, and on the ground floor the kitchen bulkhead ceilings and adjoining wall section is finished in charcoal-coloured timber lining boards.
There's no doubt the juxtaposition of materials and colours play a big part in creating the atmosphere owner and architect were wanting. But the home also has a few 'mood setting' tricks up its sleeve, such as a high-end audio and visual lighting system that can be adjusted according to the occasion.
So whether its hosting 20 partying guests or a quiet night in, this chameleon has the ability to change its colours right on cue.