Thirroul, 2017 | Dharawal Country
AIA Country Division Residential Architecture Award 2017
Just above sea level, perched on a sandstone platform surrounded by the Illawarra escarpment, this site enjoys northerly views and sunlight.
Elongated east west and maximising shelter from the south, a simple two storey plan sees sleeping accommodation perched over a living space connected directly to its outside garden. This ground floor undercroft is defined by a rhythmic concrete post and beam structure, which continues into the landscape to blur inside and out.
Views are carefully orchestrated - to the escarpment to highlight connection between earth and sky, and to the ocean to the east.
The front entrance is framed by hardwood screens that provide privacy, shade and a framework for plants peaking through the neighbours fence.
A flexible plan incorporating a separate entrance to one bedroom and associated facilities, ensures a great flexibility for the current and future owners. It is easily adapted to a home business, teenage retreat, or multi-generational living.
All materials are chosen for their inherent texture and appearance with clear finished timbers, raw and waxed concrete and burnished steel giving the house its character.
Katharina Hendel, Brent Dunn
Builder _ Bricon Projects
Engineering _ Northrop Engineers
Joinery _ Advanced Kitchens
Photography _ Shantanu Starick