At its root, the Cloister House is a quiet refuge, a state of seclusion, within the city shared between a Grandmother and her grandchildren. A finely crafted spine wall anchors the plan of the house, travelling from the front of the project to the rear. Whimsical kid-friendly elements abound from an undulating boulder landscape to custom steel slides that run alongside the internal staircases. The hilltop site offers long views of the mountains and Oceans which are balanced with shorter internally focused ones to the intimate pocket garden. Materials commonly perceived as ‘cold’ were manipulated to achieve a palette of textural warmth inside and out: hand-worked masonry, charred fir planks to form the concrete walls, and blackened steel are the textural triptych which provide a sense of harbour.