This project was the first house of a subdivision within a dual-occupancy-development. Located in a tranquil beachside setting, the architectural intent was a contemporary house that features subtropical living for a temperate climate. The initial design premise was to ‘re-interpret’ the beach house by integrating traditional materials of corrugated metal, fibre cement sheeting and timber elements, onto a contemporary and dynamic shape.
The restraints of a small site area, low budget and restrictions due to flooding, resulted in exploring the unusual concept of a cantilevered structure, with each end overhanging and counterbalancing. Using steel for the major structural elements, and timber for the secondary structure, an economical and bridge-like architecture was created to inspire a soaring visual effect. All living spaces rest above the ground on a suspended floor, providing a battened area underneath for car parking and utility areas. The abstraction of the timber-battened vernacular of subtropical architecture creates movement and scale to the house.