The philosophy underpinning Seaberg is the unpacking of a house into smaller parts: a core skirted by detached outhouses. This arrangement provides privacy and retreat from collective living areas, while the gaps between set up engaging view corridors and allow a sense of space between inhabitants, for example raucous kids and tired parents. In moving from the inside core to the outhouses, the occupants are put in touch with the elements; the right degree of exposure and protection. This becomes a way to differentiate from city living and create flows between interior/exterior spaces.
The design incorporates stepped interior and exterior floor levels that follow the fall of the site and enable sea views even from the sheltered, north facing rear. The front steps double up as a seat, hangout and dumping ground for the paraphernalia of beach life – surfboards, etc. Perforated and slatted screens can be adjusted according to seasonal/climatic variation or to balance between a sense of exposure and protection. The design allows for significant cross-flow ventilation of sea breezes and rainwater harvesting while meeting a brief that prioritized comfort, low maintenance and ease of use. Here’s to the return of the beach house that actually feels like one.