This home challenges notions of a coastal suburban home.
The project developed from the clients' brief to connect with the coastal dune scrub that surrounded the site. The home was to be open, breezy, and functional. A large family with 4 kids required a solution which created connected spaces that provided separation, as well as connection. The house uses much of the site with all the living accommodation on one level with a small basement for cars and storage which responds to the site's levels.
The concept for the design is to create an internal protected courtyard to provide an external space sheltered from afternoon sea breezes. The house wraps and engulfs this courtyard with a series of connected spaces opening onto it. The front verge is brought into the house and, when connected with the living space, creates the public face of the building.
Materials are functional and brutal to respond to the site and the conditions. The raw concrete responds to a beach aesthetic, while the dark painted timber creates a contrast for the sheltered spaces within this form. The two forms are linked 3 of 6 by a transparent entry which draws the eye into the internal courtyard. The two forms reflect their functional use as the open and light living spaces contrast the dark and closed private spaces.
The home challenges notions of suburban living. The external living spaces are in the front yard, not concealed from the neighbors. The main living room references the soft blue glow of a suburban night and appears from the street as a frame, like those illuminated blue boxes adjacent. This room has no TV. The design presents a considered architectural exploration of the suburban home and pushes the concepts established in its (bleak) context.
The 400m² home has been delivered for $3,350/m². When considering the inclusions of pools, basements, landscaping, highly finished joinery, cabinetwork, lighting and finishes this represents excellent value for money for the client and proves that a large high quality house can be built for a reasonable budget. The simple design of the structural engineering including commercial tilt-up concrete is expressed in the final design. The landscaping is contextual and integrated.
The home is designed to respond to its coastal environment. The house is not conditioned, relying exclusively on ceiling fans and natural ventilation to provide cooling in summer. Heating is provided throughout the home via an efficient gas fueledundefloor hydronic heating system. The main living spaces have been rotated to maximise the northern aspect. The east and west walls provide protection from summer morning and evening sun and a deep eave provides protection from summer sun but allows winter sun. Banks of louvers throughout the home allow the home to naturally ventilate. This home represents an opportunity to reframe coastal suburban living.The design celebrates brutal functionalism while providing elegant and warm internal spaces that serve a large active young family.
Facade cladding: Tilt up concrete ‐ class 2 & Shadow Clad in Woodland gray
Flooring: Burnished Concrete warehouse finish & Grigio Ramses
Doors: Anodised anodisers WA Umber
Windows: Anodised anodisers WA Umber
Roofing: KingKlip 700, Fielders
Kit. Island & Rumpus Decode Heavy Light. Drak and light gray ‐ Nest
Living Platform 30W DIM LED 3000K White ‐Inlite
Bedrooms Nordic Tales Sprout with Filament ‐ Surrounding
Bathroom Meccanica Cage with cord and Plumen globe set ‐ Surrounding