The myrtle tree is resplendent in the house.Vendor Lauren Davidson said the tree was sourced locally and the perfect fit for the architecturally designed Broadbeach Waters property.“When we purchased the land I was pregnant with our second child and our daughter was just over one, so it was a safe environment for the kids to run around inside the house and still connect with nature,” Mrs Davidson said. Mrs Davidson and husband James bought the property in 2015. At at the time there was an old house on it, so they found an architect to design their dream home.Their block buy was on the cusp of a phenonemal surge in house prices at Broadbeach Waters. The median house price has skyrocketed by 32.5 per cent over the past three years and the suburb is in the exclusive million-dollar club with a median house sale price of $1.1 million. The breeze brick style could be enjoying a resurgence in popularity.“I’m pretty big in my research so I went to the Australian Institute of Architects and looked for an award-winning architect,” Mrs Davidson said.“The one that stood out to me was James Russell.”The brief was to “build a house that’s a bit different” and the architect delivered, putting a modern twist on breeze blocks, a construction trend last seen in the 1950s and 60s.Spread over two levels, the patterned concrete blocks are complemented by large windows, creating patio-like pavilions for each living space. It’s a new take on indoor-outdoor living. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago 31 Naranga Ave, Broadbeach is on the market via an expressions of interest campaign.A FAMILY’S bid to branch out with the creativity of their designer residence has paid off, with indoor-outdoor living taken to the next level at this new Gold Coast listing.A 20-year-old crepe myrtle, which blossoms beautifully in high summer, is the centrepiece of the internal courtyard at the residence. Glass panels add to the natural effect.The porous design allows the coastal sun and breezes to flow through the house while the private areas are further protected by internal sheeting.And it seems breeze block is back. The residence was awarded ‘Best New House under 200sq m’ at the 2016 Houses Awards. The annual residential design accolades are judged by a panel of expert jurors ranging from architects to interior designers.“When the house award came up that was really exciting, but we chose James Russell as an architect knowing he would do different work,” Mrs Davidson said. A saltwater pool features outside.Polished concrete floors, a white colour palette and spotted gum flooring accentuate the creative modernity of the interior. Outside, landscaped gardens border a saltwater pool but the most spectacular natural feature is the tree that rises from the ground floor to the top floor inside an indoor atrium.“There’s a nice connection between privacy and being open. I can look through and see the kids playing,” said Mrs Davidson, who is looking to move to acreage now the couple’s children are aged four and almost three.
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Enugu Gov gives immediate employment to Chukwu’s sonDuro IkhazuagbeAiling former Captain of the Green Eagles, Christian Chukwu has received the lifeline promised him by billionaire oil magnate, Femi Otedola.The former head coach of the Nigerian senior football team yesterday in Enugu received the money promised him by Otedola to enable him proceed to UK in early May for treatment of the prostrate cancer he has been battling for sometime now. THISDAY learnt last night that the COO of Otedola Foundation, Phillip Akintola represented the chairman of Zenon Petroleum and Gas Ltd at the cheque presentation to Chukwu.He was accompanied to Chukwu’s home by Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and others.“Otedola’s decision to extend his hand of fellowship to Chukwu is a “token of support to a great Nigerian who served this country to the best of his ability,” THISDAY was informed by a top football personality in Enugu last night.In a similar development, Gov Ugwuanyi has directed the immediate employment of Emeka Chukwu, the first son of the ailing Chukwu into the state’s civil service fold.The State Commissioner for Sports, Josef Udedi made the announcement after a closed-door meeting between the delegation and the family of Chukwu.Udedi said that the engineering graduate would be given automatic employment by the state government.On his part, Pinnick said that the NFF would approve an appointment for the former skipper of the Green Eagles as a Life Ambassador of the organisation.He said that the management of the NFF would work out a stipend that would be paid to him.Pinnick said that the football house was desirous of improving the welfare of ex-internationals.He said that one of the objectives of the proposed NFF Foundation was to build a database of every player that represented the country whether in the past or in time to come.The NFF president described Chukwu as a living legend, adding that the NFF would not allow him to die.Responding, the son of the former coach, Emeka Chukwu, thanked the donor and the NFF for their interests in his father’s illness.The NFF had originally offered to step in to help the 68-year-old, who captained the Super Eagles to their first Africa Cup of Nations title in 1980.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram L-R: Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Former Green Eagles Captain, Christian Chukwu, NFF President, Amaju Pinnick and Phillip Akintola at the presentation of cheques to Chukwu in Enugu…Wednesday