Wednesday, 22 December 2010
Bundeena Beach House, Sydney Australia
This Bundeena Beach House is sited on the dune fronting Horderns Beach, Bundeena, on the northern edge of the Royal National Park, on Sydney’s south eastern fringe. The house is raised off the ground, set on steel posts driven into the dune, braced against a north-easterly sea swell that can, at times, send a surge of energy through the dune and into the building fabric. The house is designed to be both strong, and flexible - built of a composite steel/ timber frame, clad in rough sawn plywood and corrugated iron.
Each room provides a framework for a different set of experiences. The living rooms are positioned on the dune ridge to make the most of the stunning bay and ocean view. On the beach front a breezeway room sits protected from the morning glare of the water by operable timber louvred walls - and on the bush side, an open deck sits protected from a sometimes bracing breeze.
The main bedroom is perched above the living rooms, well back from the beach for privacy, commanding 360 of the bay, the bush and the hamlet of Bundeena. Another bedroom and an office on the ground floor are accessed via an open, roofed timber walkway – gently forcing visitors and occupants to experience the elements.
For the owner, a naturopath, it is at once a beach house, a home, a place of work, and a conduit to experiencing the environment.
The project is a collection of 15 stylish beach houses set in a pristine bushland setting. The site itself is just back from the beach and has stunning views of Port Hacking and Hastings Beach. What is unique about this development is that each house has been designed as if it were a stand-alone luxury designer home.