If you wanted to pick a place that exemplified the term “tropical paradise” you couldn’t go wrong with Hamilton Island. Located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland, Australia, this small island of 1,200 inhabitants boasts palm-lined beaches and picturesque coves, azure waters and all-year-round mild weather, as well as first class amenities such as a golf course, a yacht club and an airport. Designed by Australian practice Renato d'Ettorre Architects, Solis House takes full advantage of the island’s scenic environment and lush vegetation to create a house of minimal elegance and spectacular views that is both permeable to its natural surroundings and reflective of their tranquillity. Built over three inter-locking levels, the property is approached from higher ground, down a steep driveway resulting in first impressions of a house that actually hovers above the sea below. The upper levels house the communal living areas and, typically, for houses in the tropics, blur the distinction between the indoors and outdoors through a sequence of unfolding, semi-enclosed, airy terraces—only a small part of which can be completely closed off during extreme weather—that capture cooling breezes and allow for natural cross ventilation. While the private quarters on the lower levels are more cavernous, with carefully framed ocean views dictating the layout, they too blur the boundaries between exterior and interior, seamlessly integrating balconies and terraces into bathrooms and bedrooms.