Designed by architect Jack Hawkins, who worked closely with his architect father Rob Hawkins and his mother Sally, a town planner and a garden enthusiast, the low-slung rammed earth home sits poetically in its undulating landscape of approximately 40 hectares. Recipient of an award from the Australian Institute of Architects (NSW Chapter), the exacting siting for this new house was discussed over several family meetings around a campfire. “Mystery Bay House is located on a peninsula flanked by coastline, a national park, and a lake. Looking west across the lake is Mount Gulaga, a sacred Yuin place. The building is orientated on an axis with this mountain,” Jack says. A long pavilion set on a grass platform, the home is equal parts outdoor and indoor. “To preserve the natural silhouette of the hill, the building is located just below the ridgeline. When seen from afar, the low linear form and dark cladding camouflage it into the coastal shrub,” he adds.