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.
Builder _ Bricon Projects
Engineering _ Northrop Engineers
Joinery _ Advanced Kitchens
Photography _ Shantanu Starick